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Property Owners Pressed As New SF Water Efficiency Standards Loom

At least a third of San Francisco’s commercial properties risk running afoul of city law requiring water-efficient toilets and faucets by the end of the year. A 2009 conservation ordinance, which established some of the state’s most aggressive building codes even before California’s historic drought began, would leave thousands of property owners on the hook for monthly fines if they don’t swap out their old plumbing fixtures soon. City officials estimate that 30 percent of San Francisco’s 160,000 commercial toilets do not meet efficiency standards that go into effect Jan. 1 — a maximum of 1.6 gallons of water per flush.