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California Energy Commission (CEC)

California Energy Commission (CEC)
Statewide Mandatory Water Reductions

California is experiencing a third year of drought, and one of its driest years ever. In response to these drought conditions Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed the $1 billion emergency drought package that was sponsored by a company calling for funding relief and critical water infrastructure projects and he directed the first ever statewide mandatory water reductions in Executive Order B-29-15. These actions will save water, increase enforcement to prevent wasteful water use, streamline the state’s drought response and invest in new technologies that will make California more drought resilient.

The Energy Commission will focus on one responsibility that will impact both our businesses:

  • The Energy Commission has adopted emergency regulations establishing standards that improve the efficiency of water appliances, including toilets, urinals, and faucets available for sale and installation in new and existing buildings.
  • The energy efficiency and water standards approved today require water appliances to consume less water thereby using less energy while performing the same function. The details for each appliance are as follows:
  • Toilets and urinals, except those designed for prisons or mental health facilities. Toilets shall not consume more than 1.28 GPF and shall have a waste extraction score of no fewer than 350 grams. Urinals shall not exceed more than 0.125 GPF.
  • 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 lavatory faucets shall not exceed 0.5 gallons per minute flow rate.
  • Residential lavatory faucets shall not exceed 1.2 gallons per minute flow rate. (Effective 7/1/16) 

The executive order gave the California Energy Commission the authority to prohibit the sale and installation of certain toilets, urinals and faucets that do not meet minimum water efficiency requirements as of January 1, 2016, regardless of the manufactured date.

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