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Friday, January 1, 2016


Against all odds but due to popular demand, the Rainbow Water Coalition is back in business after a nearly three year hiatus. Why the departure from the blogosphere many have asked? A book contract beckoned, and if one has never written a book before it is easy to find things to distract you from getting down to business.

Yes, literally everything but writing the book needed to be done, ranging from a careful sorting of a sock drawer, to those long overdue projects out in the yard, thorough cleaning of the kitchen, previously never thought of remodeling projects, etc., except, of course, writing the book. By setting down a few distractions such as the Rainbow Water Coalition, the book - Contesting Hidden Waters: Conflict Resolution for Groundwater and Aquifers made it to press only six months late. So far the reviews and sales have been acceptable. I now have a much greater appreciation for the level of effort it takes to write a book regardless if it is good or bad.

And there is much new news regarding greywater in the world!

Perhaps the most exciting news is greywater has entered the mainstream academies with the release of the book Greywater Reuse by leading edge Israeli water reuse experts. One of the most visited postings on the Rainbow Water Coalition focused on the mismatch between water reuse policy and science in Israel, but apparently no longer after this study by researchers at the Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev regarding the safety of greywater for irrigation.

Greywater Nation has grown!

Colorado is the newest entry following 2013 legislation and the release of the state regulation here. Colorado is not a "kitchen-sink" state like some of the neighboring states depicted on the Geography of Graywater map, but it does "fill in the gap". Perhaps now Colorado won't have to consider the billion dollar Zombie Projects such as building the Million pipeline across Wyoming, or a pipeline from the Missouri River.

Oregon Graywater Permit Watch 

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality reconsidered their position regarding my graywater permit for using a Hughie Sink and refunded my permit fees totaling $90 after two years. As part of developing a multi-million dollar research proposal where greywater was identified as part of the Food-Energy-Water nexus by the National Science Foundation, a quick check with the ODEQ discovered 20 graywater permits have been issued since 2012. All of the permits have been issued for residential applications: 19 are the basic, untreated graywater permit (GEN2401); 1 involves treatment (GEN2402). Greywater reuse is the last thing on Oregonian's minds these days with the record rains.

Mediating the Grey Water, Greywater, Gray Water, Graywater Kerfuffle

Two of my former graduate students and I developed a framework for Scientific Mediation that might work on the knotty problem of how to refer to the resource as described in this article.

Thanks to all who continued to follow the Rainbow Water Coalition and commented over the past three years.   

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A lawyer's dream of heaven: every man reclaimed his property at the resurrection, and each tried to recover it from all his forefathers.
~ English novelist, essayist, and critic Samuel Butler

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