The Oregon State Plumbing Board last Friday passed new standards that will allow homeowners to install systems that reuse wastewater for flushing toilets. The board also created a statewide standard for rainwater harvesting in residential and commercial buildings.
The new ruling for alternate methods will make it easier for building owners to save water and will ultimately help the state meet its goals for energy savings and water conservation through new green building standards, said Mark Long, administrator of the state Building Codes Division, which oversees the Plumbing Board.
“We’re trying to provide predictability to the green building regulatory process,” said Long. “Instead of going to the city or county and saying ‘Can I do this?’ we want those answers to get done at the state level.” [Read full article]
By Libby Tucker,
DJC Oregon - June 25, 2008