In California, a bill has passed that will require homeowners to replace all inefficient toilets when performing other improvements that require the pulling of a permit. The new law goes into effect Jan. 1, 2014 and applies to residential and commercial properties. Before an inspector will provide final approval or issue a certificate of occupancy, plumbing fixtures must meet the state’s requirements for water-efficient plumbing fixtures, including 1.6-gallon toilets. This requirement could be enforced whenever a pool, spa or waterfeature is built or renovated on a home built before 1994, depending on the interpretation of local officials, according to the California Pool & Spa Association, the state’s industry lobbying association formerly called SPEC.
About the AuthorRebecca Robledo
Rebecca Robledo is deputy editor of Pool & Spa News and Aquatics International. She is an award-winning trade journalist with more than 25 years experience reporting on and editing content for the pool, spa and aquatics industries. She specializes in technical, complex or detail-oriented subject matter with an emphasis in design and construction, as well as legal and regulatory issues. For this coverage and editing, she has received numerous awards, including four Jesse H. Neal Awards, considered by many to be the “Pulitzer Prize of Trade Journalism.”