As real estate agents, it’s important to keep up with current housing requirements for our client’s sake. In case you weren’t aware of the new water fixture requirements, read below.

Current Requirements

When a property that was built on or prior to January 1, 1994 and is going through additions, alterations, or improvements; SB 407 requires that non-compliant plumbing fixtures should be replaced with water conserving fixtures.

Future Requirements

  • For single-family units: these features must be replaced by January 1, 2017, regardless of additions, alterations, or improvements. Duplexes and attached units are considered single-family units.

  • For multi-family units: these features must be replaced by January 1, 2019.

Future Disclosure Requirements

By January 1, 2017, the seller or transferor of single-family units needs to disclose to a purchaser, in writing, the requirements for replacing plumbing fixtures. Also, the seller needs to disclose whether the real property has noncompliant plumbing fixtures. The starting date of this requirement for multifamily units is January 1, 2019.

These plumbing fixtures are considered noncompliant:

  • Toilets that use more than 1.6 gpf (gallons of water per flush).

  • Urinals that use over 1 gpf.

  • Showerheads that have a flow capacity of over 2.5 gpm (gallons of water per minute).

  • Interior faucets that emit over 2.2 gpm.


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