New B.C. Water Conservation (Plumbing) Regulation

Posted December 2005

The revised B.C. Water Conservation (Plumbing) Regulation, which took effect September 30th, 2005, requires that all new toilets installed in the areas specified below must be six-litre, low-consumption models.

Vancouver Island/Coast:

  • Capital Regional District, its member municipalities, and electoral areas
  • District of North Cowichan
  • All electoral areas of the Cowichan Valley Regional District
  • All electoral areas of the Regional District of Nanaimo
  • District of Campbell River
  • Village of Sayward
  • Town of Gibsons

Lower Mainland:

Central Interior:

  • Town of Telkwa

Thompson/North Okanagan:

  • Village of Lumby
  • District of Coldstream
  • City of Vernon
  • City of Enderby
  • Township of Spallumcheen
  • Electoral areas ‘C’ and ‘D’ of the North Okanagan Regional District
  • City of Kamloops

In areas not specified for low-consumption toilets, the regulation requires that new installations use fixtures with flush cycles no greater than 13.25 litres. Building owners may also opt for low-consumption or ultra low-consumption toilets.

As with any building regulation, building owners are responsible for complying with this regulation. The regulation applies to all new toilet installations: existing functioning toilets need not be replaced.

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