Who will be affected by AB 1953 and S.152?
All consumers and businesses that purchase or distribute plumbing products in the states of California and Vermont are affected by these two laws.
Which products will be affected by these laws?
All products that are intended to dispense water for human consumption are affected by the new mandates, including kitchen faucets, bathroom faucets, bar faucets, lavatory faucets, bubblers, glass fillers, pot fillers, and supply stops. Shower faucets, laundry faucets, service sinks or laboratory sinks and their fittings are not affected. Products that are not compliant with the criteria of the law may not be sold in California or Vermont.
Does this legislation apply to homeowners only?
No. The legislation applies to both residential and commercial plumbing.
How can consumers determine if a product meets the new specifications required under law?
A third-party testing organization will certify products to make sure that they meet the requirements of being lead free and are compliant with the specifications set out by the new laws, and these third-party organizations will be able to provide the documentation that the product is up to code.
AB 715 for California
Phases in requirements that water closets and water-using urinals have lower flush volumes, requiring manufacturers to produce an increasing percentage of high-efficiency models until 2014 when all new water closets and urinals would have to meet the high-efficiency definition.
Specifically the new law requires all water closets installed or sold in the state to use no more than 1.28 gallons per flush.