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Plumbing Retrofits Required in Nipomo

The County Board of Supervisors voted to require homes sold in Nipomo to have water-saving toilets, shower heads, and faucets. The mandate takes effect in 30 days and requires a licensed plumber to verify the plumbing before escrow can be closed. Any home selling in the Nipomo Mesa Water Conservation Area needs to meet the new requirements.

For toilets, a 1.28 gallon or lower is required.
For showerheads, under 2.5 gallons/minute.
For bathroom faucets, under 2 gallons/minute.

I’ve looked at 1.28 gal toilets awhile ago and found that there were few choices. This toilet review site has low-flush toilets that they recommend but they are 1.6 gal.

Searching, I only found two 1.28 gal toilets from Glacier Bay and Pegasus.

I found a review on the Pegasus which starts out “This toilet has a definite design flaw”

While I applaud water conversation, it would be helpful if the County provided information on 1.28 gal toilets and had someone test these. If you have to flush 2-3 times, it defeats the intended purpose of requiring one of these.

If I was buying a home in Nipomo, I would also want to know this info. If the homeowner is going to retrofit with the cheapest option, it may be a “pain in the a**” to operate.

Written by Keith Byrd - Go to Keith's Website/Profile