Increasing graywater usage part of La Jolla council rep’s water conservation strategy

Sherri Lightner

District 1 City Councilmember Sherri Lightner proposed changes to the city’s graywater policies to encourage San Diegans to install graywater systems that help conserve water and save money.

Widely used in cities like Santa Barbara and Phoenix, graywater systems allow untreated wastewater from a home’s washing machines, bathtubs, showers and sinks to be recycled on-site for such uses as outdoor irrigation.

Currently, San Diego has unclear and contradictory rules regarding graywater, which has inhibited the use of such systems. Lightner made the following recommendations at the Council’s Natural Resources and Culture Committee meeting earlier this month:

• Create a “no permit” required police for simple graywater systems that discharge less than 250 gallons a day.
• Move the oversight of simple graywater systems from the purview of the city’s Development Services Department to the Public Utilities Department to eliminate fees and improve accountability.
• Establish a rebate program for those who want to install larger, more complex graywater systems, reimbursing up to one-third of all permitting costs.
• Explore incentives for developers to include “graywater-ready” plumbing for all new residential construction.

“These simple policy changes would not only cut red tape but encourage water recycling and help San Diego conserve more water,” Lightner said. “The less water we use, the less reliant San Diego will be on costly imported water.”

The committee referred the recommendations to the Water Policy Task Force for vetting and asked the group to provide their input so the city council can act on the proposals.

Part of Lightner’s Comprehensive Water Policy, the Water Policy Task Force is charged with developing an a plan to ensure San Diego has an affordable and sustainable water supply. It is slated to provide a final report by June 2013.

–Staff Reports

Related posts:

  1. Election 2012: City Council District 1
  2. Sherri Lightner to assemble officials to solve La Jolla Cove stench problem
  3. Residents demand to know: What’s holding up Torrey Pines Road corridor project?
  4. Proposed power plant near UTC and La Jolla raises residents’ ire
  5. La Jolla’s July 4th fireworks fundraising effort extended as city prepares appeal

Short URL: http://www.lajollalight.com/?p=96266

Posted by Pat Sherman on Oct 12, 2012. Filed under La Jolla, News. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

Leave a Reply

Bottom Buttons 1

Bottom Buttons 2

Bottom Buttons 3

Bottom Buttons 4

Bottom Buttons 5

Bottom Buttons 6

RSS North Coastal News

  • Man pleads guilty in fatal Del Mar hit-and-run case April 17, 2014
    A man who drove drunk and struck a marine biologist in a crosswalk in Del Mar, then fled the scene, pleaded guilty April 16 to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and a hit-and-run allegation. Christopher ``Chip’’ Stockmeyer, 41, faces between nine and 15 years in prison when he is sentenced June 20 for the March 28 death of Rachel Morrison. […]
  • Del Mar Powerhouse 10U Champions April 17, 2014
    The Del Mar Powerhouse 10U team played two pool play games and two elimination games to go undefeated in the Triple Crown Sports San Diego Open and win the Division 1 Championship. The boys showed great determination and fight to come away victorious in elimination play and battle for the win with a one-run margin of victory for both semi-final and champions […]
  • Canyon Crest girls crack top three at Arcadia, set new school record April 17, 2014
    Several young women runners from Carmel Valley high schools raced well in the Arcadia Invitational on April 11-12 in Los Angeles. Arcadia is considered to be one of the most competitive high school track and field meets in the country, drawing both national and international athletes to compete. […]