If you're doing any remodeling this spring you should be aware that your water faucets, shower heads and toilets need to be compliant with the water districts codes.
Steve wrote to me and asked, "Dear Jon, Do I have to pay the $105 inspection fee to the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District, even though I sent my invoices saying that I upgraded my appliances?"
You did the right thing in sending in the invoices, but if the invoices don't spell out that the new appliances meet certain flow rates you may be in trouble.
I called the district and here's what their policy is. The first on-site district inspection on a property is always free. If that property is in compliance, they'll provide you with a passing report. If after an inspection, they find that appliances need to be upgraded to meet the acceptable specifications, they'll issue a compliance report.