California sets emergency water rules for appliances

California’s Energy Commission approved new emergency water efficiency restrictions for toilets and faucets sold in the state starting next year.

The new measures were approved Wednesday under Gov. Jerry Brown’s (D) executive order last month to cut the state’s water use by a quarter, The Sacramento Bee reported.

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They will reduce the maximum water use rate of toilets, faucets and urinals by half or more.

The Energy Commission estimated that the new rules will save 10.3 billion gallons in the first year, along with 30.6 million therms of natural gas and 218 gigawatt hours of electricity.

“It's a great opportunity in California for water-efficient devices now and in the future,” Robert Weisenmiller, chairman of the commission, said at the meeting, according to the Bee.

The rules contain specific new limits on water released from private bathroom faucets, public bathroom faucets, kitchen faucets, urinals and toilets.

California has required various water saving features in home construction since the 1990s, the Bee said. As of last year, new toilets, faucets and showerheads have been subject to efficiency regulations.