The Environmental Quality Commission has approved final rules for what's called "graywater." That's water that's already been used in a bath or a kitchen. The new rules will require people interested in recycling graywater to get permits from the Department of Environmental Quality. State officials and environmental advocates hope that using graywater can reduce how much fresh water is used on gardens and farms. The coordinator for the program at DEQ, Ron Doughten, says the rules are based on a 2009 law. He says the main debate was over how to protect public health. ?
"Where there was a lot of discussion had to be on a lot of the details what is safe, and what level of involvement should DEQ have in the process," said Doughten. "There was discussion around that, but everybody agreed on the overall goal."? ?Doughten says the graywater permits should be publicly available in the spring. The permit costs will vary, based on how much water is involved.?
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