In two weeks, state building codes regulators will consider passing new rules to ensure Oregon homeowners don’t have to flush their drinking water down the toilet.
Oregon building codes currently allow homeowners to collect and reuse rainwater for inside uses such as flushing toilets. But codes are murky when it comes to recycling gray water – water used in sinks, showers or clothes washers – for those same indoor uses.
On June 20, however, the state Building Codes Division will take a proposal to the Oregon State Plumbing Board for new rules that would allow homeowners to install systems that reuse gray water in the same manner as rainwater for indoor use.
The new rules would help ease concerns that have risen among conservationists and policy makers when it comes to using treated drinking water to flush toilets. [Read full article]
By Libby Tucker,
DJC Oregon - June 5, 2008