The standards apply to new products sold, leased, or rented in the state. Products designed for recreational vehicles, installed in mobile homes at the time of construction, or held in inventory before the effective date of the standard are exempted.
The sale of noncomplying products is defined as a “deceptive trade practice” under the Colorado Consumer Protection Act. The sale of noncomplying products after the effective date of the applicable standard is punishable through a civil enforcement action by the attorney general, with penalties of up to $2,000 per violation or, in the case of the sale of a noncomplying product to an elderly person, $10,000 per violation.
The standards do not preempt local governments from prescribing additional or more restrictive water conservation or energy efficiency requirements affecting the sale or use of plumbing fixtures, appliances, or other products.