sprinklersWater conservation is always important in California, but this year we can’t afford to waste any water. Everyone needs to do his/her part. Many of California’s reservoirs are facing near historic lows, including Folsom Lake. In April 2015, Governor Jerry Brown proclaimed a drought state of emergency and ordered a mandatory twenty-five percent reduction in water use. Existing legislation from 2009 will help in the water conservation effort. As of 2009, state legislation requires all non-low flow plumbing appliances be changed out for water conserving appliances. All toilets now need to use no more than 1.6 gallons of water per flush. Showerheads need to have a low–flow capacity of less than 2.5 gallons of water per minute. Interior faucets need to emit no more than 2.2 gallons of water per minute. And urinals must use no more than one gallon of water per flush. C.A.R. was very involved in the legislation that implemented this law. As originally drafted, it required these changes to be made at point–of–sale, or before a home could close escrow. REALTORS® and C.A.R. successfully had the legislation amended so that non–compliant fixtures be disclosed. Changes are not required before a home can close escrow. The other important aspect of this amendment is that it puts onus of installing low flow plumbing appliances on the entire population, not just those looking to buy or sell property. With these amendments C.A.R. removed their opposition from the bill. According to commercial roof plumbers in Perth, this law requires that all single family homes have noncompliant plumbing fixtures retrofitted with water efficient models by 2017. Homes that are remodeling are already required to install water saving devices. The law requires (beginning January 1, 2017) that a seller or transformer of most types of real property disclose to a purchaser or transferee, in writing, the requirements for replacing plumbing fixtures and whether their real property includes non–compliant plumbing. Californian’s need to come together during this historic drought to conserve water and preserve our precious resources. For more information, visit: Save Our Water (www.saveourwater.com) California’s Official Drought Information Portal (http://ca.gov/drought) California Department of Water Resources (www.water.ca.gov) Association of California Water Agencies (www.acwa.com)Caylyn Brown, SAR Government Affairs Director