I have to say I'm not impressed - we have no rights, no privacy, no land use or personal use rights. For the privilege of using greywater one must submit plans of their design, get a permit and pay at least $50 a year. Septic system permits and fees are still required, or in town sewer - storm drain fees will still apply. By 'allowing' GW they are just finding a new way to legislate a thing and make money off we the people - IMO. After initial costs, if your paying for your water it will save you money if you use the water to do your watering, but it still grips me......
Q: What will the permits cost?
A: The proposed permit fees will vary based on permit type. Tier 1: A Tier 1 permit would cost $50 per year. Annual fees for the entire term of the permit must be paid at the time of application. However, someone submitting a new application for five years of coverage under a Tier 1 permit can pay an initial fee of $200. DEQ will renew the Tier 1 permit every five years, at which time the owner will receive a renewal application and bill from DEQ.
Tier 2: A new application for a Tier 2 permit would cost a one-time fee of $534 and then $50 a year. The one-time new-permit fee is necessary to cover DEQ’s costs of reviewing and approving the permit. Like a Tier 1 permit, annual fees are due at the time of application. For example, someone submitting a new application for five years of coverage under a Tier 2 permit will pay $784. When the permit is renewed, only the annual fees must be paid.
Tier 3 permit: The costs of a Tier 3 permit would vary based on the system’s size and complexity and can range from $935 to $4,539 for a new permit; annual fees may be $334 to $667.
Q: Under a Tier 1 and Tier 2 permit, I must pay an annual fee of $50. What do I get for the annual fee?
A: The Oregon Legislature directed DEQ to develop a permitting program for graywater reuse and disposal systems, but did not provide any financial support for the program. DEQ will use monies from the annual fee to provide graywater information to the public, develop supporting documentation, develop and issue permits, and cover general administrative tasks associated with the program. DEQ will also use fee monies to cover costs associated with responding to complaints.
Q: What would happen if I don’t have the required permit for a graywater system?
A: Unpermitted graywater systems may be subject to enforcement action, including the imposing of civil penalties.
Q: If I already have a graywater reuse and disposal system, is that “grandfathered in,” or do I need to get a permit?
A: The Oregon Legislature specifically stated that a person may not construct, install or operate a graywater reuse and disposal system without first obtaining a permit from the DEQ. Anyone who may have a previously installed system will have to meet all relevant requirements of the new rules and apply for a permit to operate the system.
Page 4 Q: If I use graywater only for toilet flushing, do I need to get a permit from DEQ?
A: No. This type of activity may require a plumbing permit or approval from the Oregon Department of Business and Consumer Services, Building Codes Division. A DEQ permit is not required for indoor graywater reuse activities where the water is ultimately discharged to a sanitary sewer or an onsite wastewater treatment system. This includes toilet and urinal flushing as well as reuse in commercial laundries and car washes.
Q: My local county has directed me to install a septic system to develop my property. Can I avoid installing a septic system if I use a graywater reuse and disposal system with composting toilets?
A: In most cases, no. The proposed rules require a graywater reuse and disposal system to be connected to an approved onsite (septic) wastewater treatment system.
Q: Can I use my graywater reuse and disposal system in the winter?
A: Graywater can be used for irrigation only when precipitation cannot meet plant water needs. The proposed rules also prohibit graywater discharges to frozen or saturated soils.
Thanks for the link Robert
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