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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

If you build it, they will tear it down

Marin County has been profiled by the Rainbow Water Coalition as one of the more progressive areas in the US when it comes to greywater reuse. Recalling this posting, the county wisely reconsidered the value of enforcing permit acquisition for greywater reuse for the simple reason that noone was applying for a permit.

So what is going on in Marin County where the county is levying a fine on the order of $225,000 to a "green" builder who has a greywater moat as discussed in this article buried deeply within The Oregonian?

David Hoffman labored for 40 years to turn his Lagunitas home into a model of sustainabiity. However, he never got building permits for the work, and now county officials have lowered the boom, ordering him to demolish it by Aug. 1 and pay a $225,000 fine -- but then extending the deadline to September...

And then this article burrows in on the dreaded greywater issue:

County health officers are horrified by the moat Hoffman has dug beside his house, which he uses to store "gray water" from sinks and showers for re-use in the garden and for other household tasks. They fear it's a breeding ground for mosquitoes and disease-carrying pests. But Hoffman points out three different kinds of frogs that thrive in the greenish water, and he contends that the mosquitoes who lay their eggs there are not the kind that bite.

Sounds painfully similar to what the Zen Rainman has been promoting all along for greywater.
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Horror... Horror has a face... and you must make a friend of horror. Horror and moral terror are your friends. If they are not, then they are enemies to be feared. They are truly enemies! 
~ Colonel Walter E. Kurtz character, Apocalypse Now

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