We were inspired by Central City Concern’s visualization of the rules guiding (and limiting) reuse of water and nutrients in Oregon, to make our own now that rules have changed. Ever wondered what permit you need for a site built composting toilet? Or how graywater and blackwater are regulated? Or just really like graphical representations of complex systems? Feel free to send feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org. It’s open source so feel free to modify it or use it for your own purposes.
Yesterday Recode participants and 15 DEQ staff from the DEQ’s NW Regional office sat down and discussedwe manage our water and excrement. Recode researchers Mathew Lippincott and Molly Danielsson have been asking experts in conventional and alternative treatment in the US and Europe what they see as the future for managing water and excrement on sites. They shared five case studies that showcase the myriad solutions to these dynamic issues.
Thanks to everyone at the DEQ office for bringing your voice to this nuanced issue.
Recode volunteers Mathew Lippincott and Molly Danielsson will be at Oregon Water Education Foundation’s Water Environment School at Clackamas Community College this week.
Thanks to Abe Ingle of Fine Design Group for helping us get our new website up and running. We’re currently researching how Sweden and Finland have dramatically revolutionized onsite treatment systems to make them more cost effective, meet higher nutrient standards for the output and become a leader in the sustainable water and sanitation sector. Check out Sweden’s web portal for homeowners to find out how to make decisions about their onsite treatment systems: The Onsite Guide. We’ve been able to read it thanks to Google Chrome’s translation feature. Everything that says “sewer” or “drain” is meant to say septic tank or system. What’s nice about this is it outlines all the current options for onsite systems, who can install them and how well they treat them. It’s interesting to see how many more choices they have for ecological sanitation than we have here in the States.