the upper altamaha initiative:
model gray water ordinance for athens-clarke county
Model Gray Water Ordinance Report (PDF)
Model Gray Water Ordinance Presentation (PDF version of PPT presentation)
I will addresses the problem of wasting water that could otherwise be recycled and
used for other purposes that do not necessarily require treated water (such as irrigation or fill water for
toilets and urinals). Graywater is water that has already been used in washing machines, showers, and
bathroom sinks and it is considered to be cleaner than black water which is water from toilets and
garbage disposals or water that is contaminated by bodily fluids or food preparation. The issue with
graywater is that it is currently against the building code to use graywater above the surface in Georgia
without a permit. The use of graywater is a recycling opportunity that can not only help the
environment and reduce the load on Georgia's sewers, but also save home and business owners money
on their water bills and help replenish water to Georgia's lakes and rivers.
I will draft a model graywater ordinance and possibly an amendment to the plumbing
code for the state of Georgia. The student will also determine incentives that will encourage home and
business owners to use graywater.