[Ok-sus] FW: Committee Greenlights 'Gray Water' Legislation

Shauna Struby sstruby at cox.net
Wed Feb 22 12:30:03 CST 2012


 

 

From: Eric Bradshaw [mailto:Eric.Bradshaw at okhouse.gov] 
Sent: Wednesday, February 22, 2012 10:39 AM
To: Eric Bradshaw
Subject: Committee Greenlights 'Gray Water' Legislation

 



 

Oklahoma House of Representatives

Media Division

February 22, 2012

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Contact: State Rep. Scott Martin

Capitol: (405) 557-7329

 

Committee Greenlights 'Gray Water' Legislation

 

OKLAHOMA CITY - Legislation approved by a House committee would encourage
the use of private residential "gray water" reuse by creating a permit
exemption for gray water systems that use less than 250 gallons of gray
water per day.

            House Bill 2835, by state Rep. Scott Martin, defines gray water
as untreated household wastewater that has not come in contact with toilet
waste or water from a kitchen sink. The legislation directs the Department
of Environmental Quality to exempt private residential gray water reuse
systems that meet a series of rules including that they make use of less
than 250 gallons of gray water per day. A gray water system would be used
for gardening, composting or landscape irrigation.

"This legislation is part of the House Republican agenda to improve water
conservation in Oklahoma," said Martin (R-Norman). "I believe common sense
reuse is good policy and one that is being used in other states in the
Southwest. Many parts of Oklahoma have experienced some unique strains on
their water systems. Increased demand is often met with rationing or other
less desirable results. Inserting minimal reuse into the options people have
to manage their personal water use will be of great assistance and makes
good sense. On top of that, the average consumer has the potential to
realize savings on their monthly water bill through conservation."

            Gray water systems that would be exempt would have to

*	provide for overflow into the sewer or on-site wastewater treatment
and disposal system;
*	include cover for any gray water storage tank to avoid the creation
of a habitat for mosquitoes and other insects;
*	be located outside of a floodway and five feet above the groundwater
table;
*	clearly identify gray water pressure piping as a non-potable water
conduit;
*	be used on site and not run off the property;
*	minimize the potential for contact with people or domestic pets;
*	minimize standing water and ensure the hydraulic capacity of the
soil is not exceeded;
*	avoid spraying or discharge into a waterway;
*	be in compliance with municipal or county ordinances;

            House Bill 2835 passed in the House Agriculture, Wildlife and
Environment Committee and now proceeds to the House floor for consideration.

 

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