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Remodeling Home May Mean Upgrading Plumbing

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The law requires anyone seeking to alter or improve an older home to install water-saving toilets, faucets and showerheads.

In some cases it would apply even if a homeowner is remodeling an area that has no plumbing, such as a bedroom or garage.

It wouldn’t necessarily apply to an improvement such as a new roof. Steve Gorman is with the City of Sacramento’s building department. He said the law’s vagueness will likely result in cities interpreting it differently.

“The interpretation that comes into play is a result of it being a law and not a building code," said Gorman. "So when it comes out in a building code format, there has been thought given to how it’s going to be enforced and it’s given a little more specificity.”

Water agencies sponsored the bill to help meet the state’s goal of reducing water use 20 percent by 2025. 


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Amy Quinton

Former Environment Reporter

Amy came to Sacramento from New Hampshire Public Radio (NHPR) where she was Environment Reporter. Amy has also reported for NPR member stations WFAE in Charlotte, WAMU in Washington D.C. and American Public Media's "Marketplace."  Read Full Bio 

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