California drought speeds up water-efficiency standards

Apr 9, 2015 11:28 AM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California regulators are speeding up water-efficiency standards for faucets and urinals in response to the drought.

The California Energy Commission voted Wednesday to require those appliances to use less water when installed in homes and office buildings.

The vote came after Gov. Jerry Brown's executive drought order last week imposing sweeping water-saving measures. The order allowed the commission's standards to take effect six months ahead of schedule, starting in January.

The standards already took effect for toilets in 2014.

The new rules mean urinals can't flush more than an eighth of a gallon, down from half a gallon. Bathroom and kitchen faucets are limited to pouring between 1.2 and 2.2 gallons a minute.

Starting in 2016, stores cannot sell appliances that do not meet these standards.

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