After viewing the most recent issue of California Real Estate magazine we immediately realized it was time for a potty talk here in Santa Clarita! According to the recent issue the magazine, as of January 1, 2014 residential remodel permits issued for homes built before 1994 will require the homeowner to retrofit the toilets, faucets, shower heads and other fixtures, changing to the water saver type. This law applies to single family home permits and some multifamily and commercial properties as well. The commercial and multifamily remodel must affect over 10% of the total size of the structure, but the single family home must comply for any remodel permit, no matter how much area is being remodeled. Darn, it wouldn’t be so bad if we didn’t have to change out the potties! Toilets can last almost forever by changing out the guts, so it seems a bit wasteful to replace it while it still has potty life. We have no choice with faucets and shower heads because their lifespan isn’t that great in the first place. Oh well, what’s done is done and now it’s the law!
Plumbing Fixture Compliance Specifications
In order to be in compliance the plumbing fixtures must meet the following specifications:
- Toilets can use no more than 1.6 gallons per flush
- Shower heads must have flow rates of no more than 2.5 gallons per minute
- All other interior fixtures must use no more than 2.2 gallons per minute
By January 1, 2017, all homes built prior to 1994 must be in compliance! This is all about conservation and making best use of our resources, and that’s always a good idea. Unfortunately, it’s just another added expense for Santa Clarita and all California homeowners. This isn’t about complaining about taxes or legislation, but some of us were wondering how this is going to be enforced after 2017? Will they have potty police coming out to inspect our potties? Not likely! Who would pay for it? Seriously, the new retrofit laws could be enforced in a number of ways but we’re sure they are hoping we’ll all be good little homeowners and do the right thing, all by ourselves. When that doesn’t work, it will likely be a requirement for the home to be in compliance when selling. Eventually, we’ll have no choice because when it’s finally time to change out the toilet, there won’t be any other toilets available that don’t meet the new compliance specifications.
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