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New Year, New San Diego Plumbing Law
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Plumbing 01/1/14

New Year, New San Diego Plumbing Law


Senate Bill 407 was put into effect on January 1, 2014. If you are unfamiliar with the new bill and how it may affect you, the most important thing to know is that if you will be remodeling or upgrading any home built on or before January 1, 1994, you will be required to replace all fixtures with California approved water-conserving ones before the city inspector will issue a certificate of completion. This even counts if the remodel does not involve plumbing of any kind!

San Diego homeowners are already aware of the fact that the area does not receive a lot of rainfall throughout the year. As a result, water conservation has become a hot topic. The state is slowly making it mandatory to use water saving fixtures and our San Diego plumbers are available to help educate and help you meet all the new requirements.

What is a non-compliant fixture as defined under the new senate bill?

  • Toilet that uses more than 1.6 gallons of water per flush
  • Urinals using above a gallon per flush
  • Showerheads manufactured with a flow capacity of 2.5 gallons of water per minute
  • Interior lavatory faucets emitting more than 2.2 gallons of water per minute

Experts at Bill Howe can help with any issues related to your San Diego plumbing, including assessing whether or not your fixtures would be considered acceptable under new law. After 30 years of providing exceptional services, Bill Howe’s San Diego plumbers have the knowledge, training and expertise to educate you on all the ways to save water and meet new requirements in California plumbing laws.

If you’re planning to remodel your home, or want to get a head start on replacing your fixtures with the approved water-saving ones, please contact your trusted San Diego plumbers at  1-800-BILL-HOWE (1-800-245-5469).


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