2017 Water-Conserving Plumbing Fixtures—What You Need to Know

Q. What does the law require?

A. In a nutshell, starting in 2017, the law requires installation of water-conserving plumbing fixtures if you own a single-family home and it was built before 1994—whether or not it is being sold.

Q. I am selling my house. Are there any special disclosures that I must make?

A. The law requires you to disclose whether there are any noncompliant plumbing fixtures on the property. If you are unsure about the specifications, then you should consult with someone who has expertise in the matter like a contractor or a plumber.

Q. I am selling my house. Are there any installation requirements under this law?

A. No. There is nothing in this law that requires installation of water-conserving plumbing fixtures as a condition of sale. However, if you haven’t already installed water-conserving plumbing fixtures in your pre-1994 single-family house, then you are in violation of the basic requirement of the law.

Q. I own a property in a city where there is an existing retrofit law for water-conserving fixtures as a point-of-sale requirement (such as Los Angeles, San Diego or San Francisco). Are those retrofit laws still in force?

A. Yes. Local laws passed before July of 2009 requiring retrofit of plumbing fixtures remain in effect. The state law also allows a locality to pass more restrictive requirements at any time.

Q. I would like to install water-conserving plumbing fixtures. What can I do?

A. Call an expert, such as a contractor or plumber. You can also go to your local home improvement store. You may wish to contact your local water service provider to find out if they ooffer low-cost or even no-cost plumbing fixtures.

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