Identifying Barriers & Easing Access
Permit pathway maps reduce uncertainty for developers, designers, and jurisdictions
Supporting Watershed Health
Living within our watersheds' carrying capacity ensures clean and available water for resilient communities
Supporting Urban Ecology
Green wastewater solutions save energy, provide excellent pollutant removal, and create livable communities
Collaborting with Stakeholders & Decision Makers
Tapping the wisdom and lived experience of our communities is key to creating equitable outcomes
Assisting Early Adopters
Supporting the leadership of early adopters helps shift culture towards resilient systems
Recode and International Living Future Institute interviewed over 50 expert water professionals on this water reuse guidance for non-profits, utilities, municipalities, designers, developers, and others to implement:
Mission: Ensure access to and accelerate adoption of equitable and sustainable water systems.
Vision: Intentionally adaptable governance encourages innovation for watershed health and community resilience in the face of climate change and other disruptions. This work incorporates the lived experience of members of impacted communities with solutions that benefit all communities.
Goals: Develop, promote and get adopted the codes and ordinances necessary to advance options in the NEW (Nutrient-Energy-Water) Nexus.
Shifting ParadigmsNext generation infrastructure won't become the norm until a concerted effort – by allied partners – is made to learn from projects on the cutting edge, change perceptions, and work collaboratively with policymakers and regulators to change the way we govern innovation.
The Universal Basic Water Project is a natural segue from recode’s current work, which provides social, financial and governance solutions to water re-use. We have established several programs and tools to meet the United Nation’s 2030 food and water goals while simultaneously achieving their Paris Energy Accord in a sustainable and equitable manner. As part of a 3-year effort funded by the Scherman Foundation, recode asked ourselves, “How do we equitably shift our cultural paradigm regarding the importance of water, to achieve the resilience that communities will need to thrive under a changing climate?” As we pondered this, Monica Lewis-Patrick of We the People of Detroit was teaching us about the lived experiences of communities disparately impacted by lack of access to water. It dawned on us that, through work on Universal Basic Water, we could address these two issues together: Universal Basic Water is a collection of approaches that guarantee the necessary amount of potabRead More
NEW Nexus systems integrate centralized and decentralized water conservation and reuse, nutrient recovery, and energy-generating approaches and technologies that provide for the needs of people and watersheds. The Nutrient-Energy-Water/NEW Nexus Toolkit will help public and private-sector professionals find resources on onsite water reuse systems created by recode and others.Read More
Improving RegulationsRecode works with model code writing organizations (like IAPMO) and local jurisdictions (like Oregon DEQ) to create performance based code language, model ordinances, and legislative language.
Recode and International Living Future Institute invite you to participate in the processes needed to permit safer, more abundant water supplies on the west coast by providing input on legislative and rule-making language in Washington, Oregon, or California.Read More
Recode's team created a site-built composting toilet code with options for urine diversion for IAPMO’s 2015 Green Supplement to the Uniform Plumbing Code.
The 2015 Green Supplement is also serving as the foundation for WE-Stand 2017, IAPMO’s upcoming National Standard for water efficiency and sanitation. IAPMO is a plumbing and mechanical industry group whose codes have been adopted by jurisdictions worldwide.Read MoreVisit Website
Assisting Early AdoptersRecode assists early adopters through creating tools, connecting them with hands on trainings and precedents from other early adopters.
Water Reuse Permit Maps are place-based interactive graphics that make a variety of information available for specific onsite water reuse permit pathways. For a particular city, county, or state, designers, developers, and jurisdictional staff can see, from source to fixture, where water re-use permits are blocked, uncertain or not addressed at all, and allowed. Hyperlinks connect users to the available codes, permits, incentives, and support programs.Read More
If you are looking for precedents of innovative approaches to next generation water and wastewater infrastructure check out the Code Innovations Database. Recode, Molly Winter, has contributed several case studies including one on a composting toilet pilot project in Cape Cod and a more successful one in Arizona.Read More