this month, any
new toilet installed in a home or commercial building in California
must be a high-efficiency model (HET) that uses 1.28 gallons per
flush or less.
passed all the way back in 2007 is just now fully coming into force:
High-efficiency toilets and urinals must be installed in all new
construction in the state-houses, schools, office buildings, and
other structures. Some cities are going further (see article about
in Santa Cruz County) and imposing fines on new homeowners buying
existing homes who don't upgrade to the new HET, whether or not their
inspection spotted the problem.
toilets (HETs) are those that use 1.28 gallons of water per flush or
less, consuming about 20 percent less water than the old industry
standard of 1.6 gallons per flush. This is an appreciable difference:
The new mandate is estimated to save more than 8 billion gallons of
water within ten years.
Buy Locally, Avoid the Issue
clients buy a new toilet in California, compliance won't be a
problem. All such fixtures sold in the state must now meet the
Not everyone buys locally in the age of the internet,
however. Toilets can be found online, purchased in other states and
driven in. I know a man who bought his
new toilets while traveling in Mexico and shipped them home to
install during a remodeling project. (Somehow that saved him money.)
This error would be caught during a home inspection
whenever the home comes up for sale (even years from now.) At that time, the offending toilet would probably have
to be replaced at the seller's expense. Awareness is the best cure
for future problems! Let your clients know the new law before they
start researching fancy new toilet designs on the internet: It can be
whatever style, color or shape they want, as long as it uses 1.28
gallons per flush or less.
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