Current Greywater Regulation in California
Written by Art Ludwig
Wednesday, 25 February 2009 17:55
Calif. greywater law history is interesting and bears on the present and future in many ways. Here's the current status:
California greywater law*:
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* Apparently the CA Building Standards Commission screwed up and put in the ancient Appendix J – a retired relic from the dark ages, without the 1997 improvements, into the 2007 CPC. They subsequently have included the correct version as an errata "Appendix G" as a canary colored insert in back of code!
Senate Bill 1258 (passed July 2, 2008) directs the Department of Housing and Community Development to develop a more wide-ranging set of standards for graywater systems for both indoor and outdoor uses. These new standards will then be recommended to the California Building Standards Commission for adoption. It will probably come out in the 2010 CPC, and be based on 2009 UPC with CA amendments.
The DHCD is holding stakeholders' meetings to review the greywater code. They are in the process of developing new building standards which will be submitted to the California Building Standards Commission (CBSC) as part of the 2009 Triennial Code Adoption Cycle.
To be added to the Stakeholder's Group to have input into California's new greywater ordinance, contact James Rowland, the lead contact at the DHCD,
, (916) 445-4782.