[acc_item title=”Comment on the Onsite Rules (closes 10/19)”]
Please help us encourage performance coding for onsite systems. Please sign on to our public comment to the Onsite rules (fill out the box in the google form below), or submit your own comment to the rules review process, it will help us build momentum for performance code transition. A full review of rules changes is available here. We will submit your responses to the DEQ, but you can also e-mail Randall Trox with your own custom comment: TROX.Randall@deq.state.or.us
Understanding Time of Transfer Evaluations:
Currently someone can sell a house and gloss over the fact that their septic system isn’t working right. This is bad for buyers who can be stuck with an unanticipated repair bill, and bad for the environment, because failing systems can discharge raw sewage into aquifers and waterways. The DEQ is implementing Time of Transfer Evaluations only in the coastal region. Also, if they don’t implement these evaluations, they could be sued by the EPA, again.
What are Evapotranspiration/Absorption Systems (ETA’s) and why is the DEQ removing them?
Evapotranspiration is a fancy scientific term for when plants suck up water and through their roots and evaporate it out the leaves. Evapotranspiration/Absorption Systems is a legal category for sewage systems that is completely out of date. Newer systems, such as drip irrigation, exist that use evapotranspiration, but are not easily permitted. The DEQ cannot afford to write all these systems into their prescriptive rules, because the rules govern systems down to the inch, rather than testing for performance. Given how the rules are written, it makes sense to remove ETAs, but the way the rules are written makes very little sense, because we need sanitation innovation. Our code comment points this out.
[acc_item title=”Attend our Public Presentations on Ecological Sanitation”] Ever wondered how septic tanks work? Interested in high-performing systems that create clean water and rich soil? Come learn about emerging technologies, water standards, and the costs and opportunities for new directions in on-site sanitation. Whether you’ve never given a second thought to where your excrement ends up or you’re a long time toilet nerd, you’ll find indepth information on Oregon-appropriate case studies collected from Finland, Sweden, France, the UK, and the US.
September 14th 9:30am American Legion Hall 52532 Drafter Road, La Pine
September 26th 351 NW 12th Ave, Portland 7-9pm
October 8th 645 NW Monroe Ave, Corvalis 7-9pm
October 9th 150 Shelton-McMurphey Blvd Eugene 7-9pm
Each presentation will be followed by a facilitated discussion on regulatory barriers to sustainability and a local organizing strategy session.
Recode promotes codes that allow the most sustainable systems to flourish, not any particular system. We catalyzed the legalization of graywater reuse and broadening composting toilet options in the state and now we’re working to encourage cohesive performance based codes.
[acc_item title=”Invite ReCode to facilitate a discussion”]Recode’s touring the state this spring and fall to discuss sane solutions to the state’s sanitation and groundwater problems.
Invite ReCode to facilitate a discussion with your group/school or community about our process, code issues, septic tank or water and sanitation concerns in your community. We can also provide in depth educational materials about currently available water and sanitation options in Oregon.[/acc_item]
[acc_item title=”Volunteer to have your permitting process documented.”]We’re looking for individuals or businesses who want to get a permit for a site-built composting toilet, install a composting toilet or get a permit for a new gray water reuse system. Email molly at recode oregon dot org.[/acc_item]
[acc_item title=”Sign up for our newsletter”]ReCode will be touring the state this spring and fall. There will be quarterly updates about Recode’s ecological sanitation tour, where we’re going and when. Sign up here. [/acc_item]