Model Program Rules for Onsite Non-potable Water Programs. Model program rules should be established alongside state or local legislation, and regulators should modify them to meet the needs of their communities. These model program rules provide specific details on implementation of an ONWS, including system design criteria, permitting, cross-connection control, reporting, notification, and enforcement. Please reference A Guidebook for Developing and Implementing Regulations for Onsite Non-potable Water Systems for additional information. Published in 2017 by the National Blue Ribbon Commission for Onsite Water Systems.
Net Blue Ordinance Toolkit. Net Blue is a collaborative initiative of the Alliance for Water Efficiency, the Environmental Law Institute, and River Network to support sustainable community growth. The project team members developed a model ordinance that communities can tailor and customize to create a water demand offset approach meeting local needs. Communities in different regions throughout the United States were consulted to help develop the model ordinance and the offset components, and to ensure that the program is adaptable to many different political climates, legal frameworks, and environmental challenges. Published by the Alliance for Water Efficiency, updated regularly.
Net Blue Water Neutral Growth model ordinance that communities can tailor and customize to create a water demand offset approach meeting local needs.
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The Cost of Alternative Water Supply and Efficiency Options in California. A study of the economic feasibility of water conservation and water reuse approaches and systems from landscape conversion to desalination plants. By Heather Cooley and Rapichan Phurisamban, October 2016.
Code Innovations Database. The Code Innovations Database is a clearinghouse of examples of successfully permitted green building, high performance, and other innovative design strategies, materials and technologies.
Water Petal Case Studies (9). These nine water policy case studies document the regulatory successes achieved by several project teams and regulators around the country. Published by the International Living Future Institute.
Sustainable Silicon Valley Case Studies. Case studies from all over the country are featured here. Online portal from Sustainable Silicon Valley.
An Equitable Water Future: A National Briefing Paper. June 2017: A briefing paper to expand national understanding of the water-related challenges that vulnerable communities face, and the opportunities to leverage water investment to build a society and economy that works for everyone.
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Onsite Non-potable Water Reuse Practice Guide. Crafted in partnership with the Charles Pankow Foundation, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, Google, AIA California Council, and other industry and institutional partners, the guide presents empowering information, real world examples and step by step design, construction and technical information needed for water use systems of all types and sizes at the building and district scale. Developed with a Working Group of subject matter and industry experts, the guide is an objective and credible resource on water reuse. Published in 2018 by Urban Fabrick.
Risk-Based Framework for the Development of Public Health Guidance for Decentralized Non-Potable Water Systems. This panel report provides a risk-based framework to develop public health guidance for decentralized non-potable water systems. Designers can use this methodology too to help them meet their pathogen-related water quality goals for greywater, blackwater, stormwater, and more.
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EXAMPLE POLICY AND RESOLUTION STATEMENTS
San Diego, CA Water Reuse City Council Resolution
California Recycled Water Policy
Arizona General Greywater Permit with commentary and suggestions for improvements by Art Ludwig
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OUTREACH AND EDUCATION MATERIALS FOR THE PUBLIC
Illustrated guide to Arizona General Greywater Permit