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RULE §290.251Purpose, Authority, and Definitions

(a) Purpose. The purpose of this subchapter is to establish water saving performance standards and labeling requirements for plumbing fixtures; establish labeling requirements for dishwashing machines, lawn sprinklers, and clothes washing machines; and establish reporting requirements for clothes washing machines. This subchapter applies to plumbing fixtures, dishwashing machines, lawn sprinklers, and clothes washing machines that are manufactured, imported, or otherwise supplied for sale in Texas unless the item is manufactured exclusively for sale outside of the state.

(b) Authority. The authority for these sections is Texas Health and Safety Code, Chapter 372, titled Environmental Performance Standards for Plumbing Fixtures.

(c) Definitions. The following words and terms, when used in this subchapter, have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise.

  (1) ANSI--The American National Standards Institute.

  (2) Commercial pre-rinse spray valve--A handheld device that is designed and marketed for use with commercial dishwashing and ware washing equipment and that is used to spray water on dishes, flatware, and other food service items to remove food residue before the items are cleaned in a dishwasher or ware washer or by hand.

  (3) Import--The physical movement of merchandise into the State of Texas, including shipments to distributors, shipments to factory distributing branches, direct factory sales, shipments to retailers, shipments to factory distributing branches, shipments to sales districts, and shipments to factory-owned distributing outlets.

  (4) Importer--A business or individual that brings into the state plumbing fixtures from other countries or states for resale or installation (other than for their own domicile) within the state.

  (5) Major supplier--A business or individual that provides plumbing fixtures to others for resale or installation (other than for their own domicile) within the state.

  (6) Manufacturer--Someone who manufactures plumbing fixtures or clothes washing machines.

  (7) Model--A type or design of a plumbing fixture.

  (8) Order--A request to purchase plumbing fixtures from a manufacturer, major supplier, or importer.

  (9) Plumbing fixture--A device that receives water, waste, or both and discharges the water, waste, or both into a drainage system. The term includes a kitchen sink, utility sink, lavatory, bidet, bathtub, shower, urinal, toilet, flush valve toilet, or drinking water fountain.

  (10) Plumbing fixture fitting--A device that controls and directs the flow of water. The term includes a sink faucet, lavatory faucet, shower head, bath filler, or commercial pre-rinse spray valve.

  (11) Pressurized flushing device--A device that contains a valve that:

    (A) is attached to a pressurized water supply pipe that is of sufficient size to deliver water at the necessary rate of flow to ensure flushing when a valve is open; and

    (B) opens on actuation to allow water to flow into the fixture at a rate and in a quantity necessary for the proper operation of the fixture and gradually closes to avoid water hammer.

  (12) Toilet--A water closet.

  (13) Water closet--A plumbing fixture that has a water containing receptor that receives liquid and solid body waste and, on actuation, conveys the waste through an exposed integral trap seal into a drainage system.

  (14) Water consumption factor--The quotient of the total weighted per cycle consumption divided by the capacity of the clothes washer, as stated in 10 Code of Federal Regulations Part 430, Subpart B, Appendix J, September 1, 2001.

Source Note: The provisions of this §290.251 adopted to be effective March 17, 1992, 17 TexReg 1646; transferred effective March 1, 1992, as published in the Texas Register, March 3, 1992, 17 TexReg 1649; amended to be effective January 7, 1994, 18 TexReg 9935; amended to be effective June 30, 2002, 27 TexReg 5797; amended to be effective January 5, 2006, 30 TexReg 8956; amended to be effective April 25, 2010, 35 TexReg 3066

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