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!
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.