You're encouraged to apply online now to determine if their property qualifies for this program. To get started, read the Eligibility Criteria below.
Looking for rebates? Apply to the SFPUC's high-efficiency toilet and urinal rebate programs ending 12/31/2016.
The PREP Program will offer free high-efficiency toilets and/or urinals, plus free installation. It will be available to residential and non-residential properties in the SFPUC's retail service area that meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Have existing toilets that use at least 3.5 gallons per flush (gpf) (toilets rated 1.6 gpf or less are not eligible) and/or urinals that use more than 1.0 gallon per flush.
- Accommodate installation of new high-efficiency models without major plumbing alterations or repairs. Properties with abnormal site conditions (e.g. rotted flooring, atypical plumbing configurations, etc.) will not be eligible for the PREP Program until conditions are improved.
- Install showerheads, faucets and/or faucet aerators that comply with the California Plumbing Code by the time PREP installations are complete.
- Showerheads must not exceed a maximum flow rate of 2.5 gallons per minute (gpm)
- Faucets and faucet aerators must not exceed a maximum flow rate of 2.2 gpm
- Toilets must not exceed a maximum flow rate of 1.6 gallons per flush (gpf)
- Urinals must not exceed a maximum flow rate of 1.0 gpf
Working with BOMA San Francisco, the City of San Francisco enacted a Commercial Water Conservation Ordinance in 2009 that requires all commercial property owners to provide certain water conservation measures for their buildings by January 1, 2017. The intent of this law is protect natural resources, address increasing demand for water, and cut greenhouse gas emissions through reduced water use. The required improvements also will reduce water and sewer costs for commercial properties.
It is advantageous for all commercial property owners to comply with the requirements now. Even though the statutory deadline is in 2017, the savings in water and sewer costs typically pay for themselves within one to three years. The following information is a summary of the requirements found in Chapter 13A of the San Francisco Building Code (SFBC).
- Commercial buildings;
- Any portion of a residential building, which is used for commercial purposes;
- Any portion of a residential building converted to a tourist hotel;
- Any portion of a residential building which is occupied as a hotel or motel unit and which has a certificate of use for tourist occupancy;
- Any building or portion thereof which is a live/work occupancy
- Mobile homes.
- Building Additions
- If a building addition will increase the floor area of the building by more than 10 percent, the entire building must comply as a condition for issuance of a Certificate of Final Completion and Occupancy.
- Building Alterations and Improvements
- If the cost estimated in a building permit for an alternation or improvement is greater than $150,000, compliance is required in all facilities that serve the specific area of alteration or improvement and is a condition for issuance of a Certificate of Final Completion and Occupancy or final permit sign off.
- Alternations or Improvements to Rooms with Water Conservation Devices
- If an alteration or improvement of any cost is located in a room that contains a faucet, shower, water closet (toilet), or urinal, compliance is required in that room as a condition for issuance of a Certificate of Final Completion and Occupancy or final permit sign off.
For more information on financing options, efficient toilet and urinal rebates, and free water-efficient device which can help achieve compliance with the water conservation ordinance, please contact the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission at (415) 551-4730 or click here.