News Analysis

California Bill Would Mandate High-Efficiency Toilets

A water conservation bill currently moving through the California Legislature would set the maximum water consumption for toilets at 1.3 gallons per flush (gpf; 4.9 lpf). The legislation, Assembly Bill 2496, was authored by John Laird (D–Santa Cruz) and passed the State Assembly on May 15, 2006. If approved by the Senate and signed into law, the measure will phase in the new toilet and urinal standards starting January 1, 2008, with the last changes becoming effective January 1, 2011.

The bill includes the following provisions:

Published June 7, 2006