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SB 407: Home Improvements Trigger Water Conservation Compliance

Senate Bill 407: Home Improvements Trigger Water Conservation Compliance
Senate Bill 407: Home Improvements Trigger Water Conservation Compliance
Did you know that a 2009 California law requires water efficient upgrades to millions of existing homes starting this year?  According to CBS Los Angeles (CBSLA.com), “Senate Bill 407 calls for any residential and commercial property built and available for use on or before January 1, 1994, to replace plumbing fixtures that are not water conserving."

Senate Bill 407 went into effect on January 1, 2014 and impacts about 11 million single-family homes and buildings statewide.

But you may not have to replace plumbing fixtures just yet. The new law initially only affects home alterations and improvements, not repair and maintenance jobs. According to the Orange County Register, SB 407 “requires owners of California homes or buildings constructed before 1994 to replace all outdated toilets, faucets and showerheads with low-flow, water-conserving fixtures as part of their remodeling jobs.”

Alterations or improvements that trigger the new law's provisions include  new room additions, or kitchen or bathroom remodels. In contrast, repair and maintenance projects such as a new roof or siding, replacing water heaters or air conditioning, or upgrading electrical systems, would not activate the upgrade requirements for homeowners.

But time is slowly running out. As the OC Register article points out, “within the next three years, all older houses will need to upgrade, whether or not they're being remodeled." 

By January 1, 2017, all noncompliant plumbing fixtures in any single family residential real property built before 1994 must be replaced by the property owner with water-conserving plumbing fixtures.

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James P Hosty April 01, 2014 at 08:15 PM
and of course to ENFORCE this statute the State needs additional tax dollars and more personnel. We can stop all this nonsense by pushing the State into insolvency and sacking the whole lot of them, rescinding their salaries, reneging on their pensions RETROACTIVELY. This includes the State Supreme Court as well...... In short, an entire overthrow of government as we now see it---merely by withholding our property taxes next year and avoiding as much sales tax as humanly possible. Who's with me?
ChrisG April 02, 2014 at 10:19 AM
You can only buy those low flush toilets now. We remodeled a few years ago and switched them out. Happy times double flushing your turds down the drain! Saving water? I don't think so. Also, there are other plumbing problems these low flush toilets cause with plugged sewer lines, etc. Our do-good politicians create more problems than they solve with their narcissistic need to legislate. I never vote for an incumbent. Serve a term or two and go back to work so someone else can serve. Stop the crooked career pols!

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