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Updated flow rate requirements in California
24 八月 2015

California Energy Commission publishes new timeline for flow rate requirements

The California Energy Commission approved new standards for showerheads and residential lavatory faucets on August 12. At the same time, they have adapted the timeline of the introduction of the new flow rate requirements as follows:

 
Fixed Showerheads/Shower handheld/horizontal body sprayers: 
Step 1: max. flow rate shall not exceed 2.0 gallons per minute for products manufactured on or after July 1, 2016 (matching the existing CalGreen and EPA WaterSense regulation).
 
Step 2: max. flow rate shall not exceed 1.8 gallons per minute for products manufactured on or after July 1, 2018.
 
Residential lavatory faucets:
Step 1: max. flow rate shall not exceed 1.5 gallons per minute for products manufactured on or after September 1, 2015 (matching the existing CalGreen and EPA WaterSense regulation). Before this date a max. flow rate of 2.2 gpm had applied.
Step 2: max. flow rate shall not exceed 1.2 gallons per minute for products manufactured on or after July 1, 2016.
 
Previously announced water-saving measures for commercial and kitchen faucets remain valid:
  • Kitchen faucets: flow rate shall not exceed 1.8 gallons per minute (default setting); possibility to temporarily increase to 2.2 gallons per minute to fill pots and pans. This applies to products sold or offered for sale on or after January 1, 2016. Before this date, a maximum flow rate of 2.2 gpm is allowed.
    Note: was defined by the CalGreen program already; NEOPERL® Ecobooster being a perfect solution.
  • Public lavatory faucets: flow rate shall not exceed 0.5 gallon per minute for products sold or offered for sale on or after January 1, 2016.
    Note: identical to existing U.S. requirement.
 
Here you find an overview of all our 1.5 gpm and 1.2 gpm aerator models: click here to see the list.
 
Please contact our sales team for further information. Neoperl is very well placed to support you in the transition period and beyond.
 

To read the press release of the Energy Commission please click here:http://www.energy.ca.gov/releases/2015_releases/2015-08-12_approval_new_water_standards_nr.html