Campaign for a Safer More Abundant Water Supply

Recode and International Living Future Institute are working to allow the regulatory permitting of safer, more abundant water supplies on the west coast by providing input on legislative and rule-making language in Washington and Oregon.


Jurisidictions are interested in onsite water reuse because of the many benefits that accrue, often regardless of which onsite water reuse system is implemented.  Recode has developed two different but related sets of documents that explain these multi-benefits:

The National Blue Ribbon Commission for Onsite Non-potable Water Systems

The National Blue Ribbon Commission for Onsite Non-potable Water Systems “advances best management practices to support the use of onsite non-potable water systems within individual buildings or at the local scale. We are committed to protecting public health and the environment, and sustainably managing water—now and for future generations.”

To that end, the commission has provided numerous tools and resources to help governmental agencies implement a permit program for onsite non-potable water systems that is more protective of public health than regulatory requirements for centralized systems. This “Risk-Based Framework for the Development of Public Health Guidance for Decentralized Non-Potable Water Systems” defines the reduction targets (called “log reduction targets” or LRTs) for a variety of different on-site waters (as well as municipal wastewater) based on the risk to human health caused by the presence of pathogens (i.e. viruses, bacteria, and protozoa).

Resources for Jurisdictions

Accompanying this publication were a substantial portfolio of detailed guidance to implement statewide and/or local permit programs, easing the permitting process for both jurisdictions and permittees:

Developing a Regulatory Permit Program

Model Codes and Regulations

These were written by leaders employed in state health and environmental regulatory departments.

“Risk-Based Framework” (RBF)