Code Innovations Database documents lessons learned from composting toilet pilot projects

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 mo
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Moving Beyond the NSF

Oregon was previously 1 of only 7 jurisdictions in North America that required treatment systems be certified by NSF. NSF’s certification protocol does not physically monitor effluent characteristics in order to verify system performance in the field. Thanks to Recode this is no lon
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Understanding Oregon’s Regulations for Septic, Composting Toilet & Graywater Systems

What's regulated by plumbing? What's regulated by DEQ? What permit do you need? Recode created this one document to help you understand how toilets, graywater, and rainwater are are regulated in Oregon.
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Comparing Nitrogen Reduction Standards: Oregon & Elsewhere

Recent concerns over nitrates (think urine) in groundwater and surface waters have driven tighter regulations on nitrogen discharge. This document compares the different standards from around the world using the same unit of measurement so you can compare apples to apples. Performance
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Case Study: Portable Composting Toilets

Collecting excrement without water lowers treatment costs, energy use and creates a nutrient rich fertilizer. Renting portable dry toilets is a profitable means for composting toilet installers to diversify their income. Provides an educational opportunity for people to try out comp
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Ecological Infrastructure Tour

Recode toured the state in 2012 to educate communities & regulators in Oregon about the benefits of creating "waste" treatment rules for Oregon that judge alternatives to septic and sewer systems on their performance and let alternatives compete on cost. Our goal was to lay the grou
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Oregon DEQ: Q&A on Graywater Reuse

Easy to read frequently asked questions about reusing graywater in Oregon. Clear explanations from the DEQ.
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