Single Family Homes – Mandatory Low Flow Toilets, Showerheads, and Faucets

Single Family Homes – Mandatory Low Flow Toilets, Showerheads, and Faucets – It is the law, January 2017

In 2009 California enacted the law that required the installation of water conserving plumbing fixtures when the existing fixtures are “non-compliant” in single-family residential properties. That date will be in effect starting in 2017.

Everyone should know that by January 1, 2017, all single family residences (which were built and available for use on or before January 1, 1994) must install water-conserving plumbing fixtures to replace noncompliant plumbing fixtures. No exceptions.

In a typical residential home, this will mean the toilets, showerheads, and faucets will need to be replaced with water conservation models. The details are listed below.

Toilets 1.6 gallons per flush
Shower heads 2.5 gallons per minute
interior faucets 2.2 gallons per minute

For details on the particulars, you can find them in California Civil Code Section.