Water Saving Appliance Standards
The state of California is in the fourth year of an historic drought. To help deal with this crisis, in April 2015 the California Energy Commission implemented new standards for water appliances with the goal of saving 10 billion gallons of water throughout the state during this year. Over time, these standards will save an estimated 105 billion gallons.
We must use water as efficiently as possible, and state officials believe that updating minimum standards for toilets, urinals and faucets is a step in that direction.
The approved water saving standards require water appliances to consume less water and use less energy while performing the same functions. Here are the details for each appliance:
• Toilets and urinals, except those designed for prisons or mental health facilities. 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. (These facilities have specially-designed toilets and urinals to address security and health issues.)
• 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 lavatory faucets shall not exceed 0.5 gallon per minute flow rate.
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