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New rules permit recycling kitchen and bathwater


The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is responding to a 2009 law with a new permit that will allow people to reuse kitchen and bathwater for irrigation. The state’s limited water resources have spurred public interest in using “graywater” as a water source. Graywater can include wastewater from sinks, showers, baths and laundries, but does not include toilet or garbage waste or wastewater contaminated by dirty diapers.

The new rules are open for public comment through March 11, and there are several public meetings on the rules scheduled around the state.

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