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Friday, May 5, 2017

Oregon Graywater Permit Watch

Even though the new Director of the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Richard Whitman, was apparently not the first pick for the directorship by Governor Brown according to this article in the Oregonian, the new leadership seems to be paying off in terms of sharing greywater love, and associated permits, across Oregon.

The new Oregon Graywater program coordinator, Pat Heins, shared an updated listing of the permits - 28 total and depicted on the map prepared using Google Maps. Nearly all are a Tier 1 variety, with one Tier 2 permit as described here. Pat reports "We have had a sharp increase in inquiries for this permit this last year.  Based on these calls it seems the biggest problem currently, is obtaining approval from the local building codes."

It is good to see the geography of greywater expanding in Oregon, especially on the east side of the Cascades. I wish I was part of the *hydroherd* (not to be confused with Hydro Herd), but was culled a few years back for reusing too little graywater with my Hughie Sink.

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You don't lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. 
You lead by going to that place and making a case. 
~Oregon novelist Ken Kesey 
(author of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest)

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