The California Energy Commission took
emergency action on Tuesday by mandating that all toilets, urinals and
faucets sold in the state must conserve water. That means only low-flush
toilets and low-flow sinks will be allowed for sale after Jan. 1, 2016,
regardless of when they were manufactured. The mandate applies to both
public places and private residences.
“We’re seeing serious dry spell here in California,” says Amber Beck,
a spokesperson for the commission. “And we need to make sure we are not
only saving water right now but in the coming years.” These regulations
come less than a week after Governor Jerry Brown imposed the state's
first-ever mandatory water restrictions, aimed at cutting the state's usage by 25%.