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California Legislature to Regulate Restroom Water Usage

July 09, 2015
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In response to the state's fourth year of drought, California regulators have been speeding up water-efficiency standards for faucets, toilets, and urinals.

According to a press release from Waterless Co., Inc., the new regulations, which have been signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown go into effect January 2016.

The following is a review of the new rules:

  • Urinals can flush no more than an one-eighth of a gallon of water per flush. While some urinals now flush about a half-gallon of water per flush, these are the exception. Most urinals use about one gallon of water or more per flush.
     
  • Faucets must be adjusted so that they use no more than 1.2 gallons of water per minute in homes and 1.8 gallons of water per minute in commercial facilities.       Most traditional faucets use about 2.2 gallons of water per minute.
     
  • Toilets can use no more than 1.28 gallons of water per flush. The national regulated amount is 1.6 gallons per flush but just like urinals, many toilets flush two, three, or more gallons of water per flush.

The new regulations apply to new construction and not to older buildings; however, Klaus Reichardt, founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of Waterless, believes many older facilities are expected to retrofit their restrooms with more water efficient fixtures since it can help lower water consumption so significantly.

To read the complete release, click here.

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