Taking action based on the directives in the Governor’s Executive Order, this week the California Energy Commission approved standards for water appliances (faucets/urinals/toilets) which they estimate will save more than 10 billion gallons of water in 2016. Over time, they estimate water savings to reach 105 billion gallons per year.

The energy efficiency and water standards approved this week requires water appliances to consume less water.  Details for each appliance are as follows:

– Toilets and urinals. Toilets shall not consume more than 1.28 gallons per flush and shall have a waste extraction score of no fewer than 350 grams. Urinals shall not consume more than 0.125 gallons per flush.

– Residential lavatory faucets shall not exceed 1.2 gallons per minute flow rate.

– Kitchen faucets shall not exceed 1.8 gallons per minute flow rate and may have capability to increase to 2.2 gallons per minute momentarily for filling pots and pans.

– Public/commercial lavatory faucets shall not exceed 0.5 gallon per minute flow rate.

These standards are effective as of January 1, 2016.

One of our main concerns as an industry was to assure that product would be available to meet the demand of new construction.  Working with the CEC staff and the manufacturing group, we have been assured that there are almost a dozen companies that are currently producing these products.

Additionally we have an ongoing concern about the impact of low water usage toilets in some older buildings.  In some cases the lower water volume does not work efficiency with lateral lines and plumbing that was built for much higher flows.  If you are doing a retrofit project you must take care to assure that your facilities can indeed handle the lower water flow.

Click here for a video produced by the CEC explaining the adoption.

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