DEQ Allows Limited Use Of Gray Water (Including Rain)

Posted on April 16, 2012 by

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The state overlords have some really great news! If you’d like to perhaps save a bit of money by recyling your graywater, by golly, you’re in luck because they’ll now allow you to buy an annual permit to allow you to do just that! Actually, sorry – it’ll cost you more. But think of how good you’ll feel, knowing that you’ve done your part to reduce your “carbon footprint”. That’s got to count for something, right?

Yessir, folks, this is huge news: if you want to use the water from your washing machine or your shower to, say, water your lawn or a garden – you can do that! There are a few rules, though: you can’t use water that may run through your garbage disposal, for example, as that water might be “contaminated” with grease or something. But if you follow their rules, and if you buy less than 300 gallons of water a day, then all you have to do is pay them 90 bucks for the first year of your permit. Really! This is great, see because if you follow their rules and pay them, then the water you’ve already paid to use won’t have to go down the drain and into the sewer system; you can just haul it outdoors and dump it on your lawn. If you’re really liking it, you can also pay to have approved lines disconnected and plugged into a gray water reclamation system that you can buy, and then you can use, like, hoses and stuff to sprinkle the water around “your” home. Isn’t that a great idea?

Oh, and here’s the real kicker: every year thereafter, you’ll only need to pay $40 to keep your annual permit current! Sounds too good to be true, but it’s for real. Oregon’s DEQ stands ready to collect your tribute, Citizen!

Oh, by the way: don’t expect the rate you pay for sewer services to go down. That would be silly. Sewer use is calculated on the basis of the amount of water you purchase, so your annual permit fees and other expenses won’t figure in. And don’t even think  about using kitchen water or toilet water; that’s one of the rules that you need to abide by. You can only use gray water from officially sanctioned sources. Please make a note of it. Oh, one more thing: rainwater is officially classified as gray water. You may need to be surcharged if it seems that citizens are using a lot of that.

That is all for now.
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