Plumbing fixtures – change to Colorado law

Posted by: Feb 23, 2014By Brian Stutheit

Plumbing contractors and homebuilders should be aware of a potential change in the Colorado law.

Senator Lucia Guzman introduced SB 14-103 – Concerning the Phase-Out of the Sale of Certain Low-Efficiency Plumbing Fixtures. This summary is published here courtesy of the Colorado Bar Association’s e-Legislative Report.

The bill defines a “watersense-listed plumbing fixture” as one that has been:

  • Tested by an accredited third-party certifying body or laboratory in accordance with the federal environmental protection agency’s WaterSense program;
  • Certified by such body or laboratory as meeting the performance and efficiency requirements of the program; and
  • Authorized by the program to use its label.

Current law requires water-efficient indoor plumbing fixtures in only three contexts:

  • Builders of new single-family detached residences must offer the buyers toilets, faucets, and showerheads that meet the current standards of the WaterSense program;
  • Tank-type water closets and flushometer toilets in new state buildings must meet certain standards that are either less stringent than or as stringent as the current WaterSense standards; and
  • New construction and renovation of residential structures and office, commercial, or industrial buildings must meet standards that are less stringent than the current WaterSense standards.

The bill prohibits the sale of lavatory faucets, shower heads, flushing urinals, tank-type toilets, and tank-type water closets on and after Sept. 1, 2016, unless they are a Watersense-listed plumbing fixture.

The bill appears ready to pass the Colorado Senate.  It will then be sent to the Colorado House of Representatives for consideration.