California Greywater (and Rainwater) Code at Stake!
Your help is needed!
A new state proposal is set to adopt more a restrictive code which will
move California backward and prevent more widespread use of rainwater
As part of a triennial code adoption process the recent (2009)
California greywater code is being thrown out and replaced with a more
restrictive and cumbersome code. This new proposed code also includes
rainwater- with overly stringent requirements- which would make many
back yard rain barrel and cistern systems illegal.
Even if you don't live in California your voice is needed. This proposed
code is part of the "Universal Plumbing Code" which is adopted by many
states in the US. If California rejects the restrictive components it
can help other states do the same.
For a more sustainable water future for California we need to change
this proposed code! Please send comments (example letter below) and
forward this widely.
Shawn Huff (from Department of Housing and Community Development) email:
Enrique Rodriguez (from Building Standards Commission) email:
Governor Jerry Brown email: governor@...
Your assembly person and/or state senator
Dear Shawn Huff and Enrique Rodriguez,
I am writing to express my concern over the proposed adoption of Chapter
16 of the Uniform Plumbing Code for California. I believe we need a code
that will encourage and support water reuse so we can protect
California's water resources and reduce our consumption of fresh water
I want California to support low cost, safe and legal systems. Please do
not adopt the proposed code until it has been changed so it can benefit,
not harm our water future.
I urge you to make the following changes to the code:
1) Restore any text present in the current greywater code that is
missing in the proposed code.
2) Don't include more restrictive and prohibitive language in the new
code for greywater systems.
3) Allow for simple and legal back yard rainwater harvesting systems
including gravity fed rainwater irrigation systems with no permit and no
treatment of the water (i.e. chlorine)
4) Greatly increase the size of rainwater storage that doesn't require
a permit. Other states allow safe types of cisterns up to 5,000 gallons
with no permit. The proposed 360 gallons is much to small, that is only
the size of 7 rain barrels.
Thank you for your prompt attention to this issues.
Other things to include:
* If you have greywater or rainwater systems in your home
* If this could affect your business.
* Local water issues that make this important for your area
If you are able to attend a March 7th stakeholders meeting in
Sacramento about this please see the details on www.greywateraction .org
The complete text is also available for download at
Thank you for your support!
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