[Ok-sus] FW: Governor Signs 'Gray Water' Legislation

Shauna Struby sstruby at cox.net
Wed May 9 13:45:12 CDT 2012



From: Eric Bradshaw [mailto:Eric.Bradshaw at okhouse.gov] 
Sent: Wednesday, May 09, 2012 1:32 PM
To: Eric Bradshaw
Subject: Governor Signs 'Gray Water' Legislation



Oklahoma House of Representatives

Media Division

May 9, 2012



Contact: State Rep. Scott Martin

Capitol: (405) 557-7329


Governor Signs 'Gray Water' Legislation


OKLAHOMA CITY - State Rep. Scott Martin said today a new law will encourage
the reuse of "gray water" in private homes.

            House Bill 2835, by Martin, was signed into law today by Gov.
Mary Fallin. It creates a permit exemption for gray water systems that use
less than 250 gallons of gray water per day for gardening, composting or
landscape maintenance. Gray water is defined in the bill as untreated
household wastewater that has not come in contact with toilet waste or water
from a kitchen sink. 

            "I have had several people express a desire to take charge of
their water consumption by recycling their gray water," said Martin,
R-Norman. "I applaud their interest in water conservation and think the
state should support private residential projects that cut water usage.
Common sense reuse is good policy and an option for homeowners during times
of drought or water rationing. The average consumer has the potential to
realize savings on their monthly water bill through conservation."

            The new law takes effect Nov. 1, 2012. It requires qualifying
gray water systems to comply with municipal or county ordinances, minimize
standing water, minimize contact with people or domestic pets, include cover
for any storage tank, provide for overflow into the sewer or a wastewater
treatment and disposal system and clearly identify gray water pressure
piping as a non-potable water conduit. The system must also be located
outside of a floodway and five feet above the groundwater table.




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