Dekalb County Plumbing


Any home in Dekalb County, GA built prior to 1993 must have low flow toilet and plumbing fixtures installed before the new homeowner can obtain water from the county.


Effective June 1, 2008 - Before the new homeowner can obtain water service, they must provide written proof from a home inspector, licensed plumber, or a Department of Watershed Inspector that the required low flow toilets and plumbing fixtures have been installed:


Single Family Homes & Condos will need to have the following:

    1.  Toilets can have a max of 1.6 gallons per flush

    2.  Shower heads can put out a max of 2.5 gallons per minute

    3.  Lavatory faucets can put a max of 2 gallons per minute

    4.  Kitchen faucets can put out a max of 2.2 gallons per minute


Specific Exemptions to the New Law:

    1.  Homes sold via Foreclosure

    2.  Homes sold to Family Members, specifically spouse-to-spouse and


    3.  Homes that will be demolished after the sale

    4.  Circumstances where the cost of the toilet will be over $1,000 per toilet

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Penalties for violating these new laws in Dekalb County:

    1.  First violation will be a warning

    2.  Second violation (within 12 months of first violation) will be $250.00

    3.  Third violation (within 12 months of first violation) will be $500.00


The good news is that Dekalb County offers a rebate program to help defer the cost.  There is a limit of replacing three toilets per household.  Each new toilet must replace an existing old, large capacity toilet installed prior to 1993.  A $50.00 rebate option applies to 1.6 gallons per flush toilets, and a $100.00 rebate option applies to 1.28 gallons per flush toilets. 


For more information about toilet rebates and the inefficient plumbing fixture replacement plan, click on


To find out if your home is affected by this new law, or for plumbing vendors, call or email Debby today!