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Clearing up the Gray in Graywater Use

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Joshua Tree, CA.—Individuals throughout the area that are interested in lowering their water usage in hopes of impacting their water bills may find a solution, for free, at the Joshua Basin Water District’s mini seminar, “Clearing up the Gray in Gray Water Use.” This seminar is slated for Thursday, November 8th at the Joshua Tree Community Center off Sunburst in Joshua Tree. The program will begin at 5 PM, with a presentation from a representative directly from the California Department of Water Resources. The brief Power Point presentation will culminate in a question and answer period that will be joined by San Bernardino County Building and Safety Representative, Gary Given.


The state ultimately regulates gray water use, which is typically the reusing of washing machine water and bath/shower water for landscape irrigation and other non-drinking water needs residents may have. As is, many residents use fresh tap drinking water for these same purposes, when it really isn’t necessary. “Watching your water meter spin when you water your trees with fresh drinking water can be a true gut check moment,” shared Kathleen Radnich, Public Information and Outreach Consultant for the Water District. “By changing a resident’s daily approach to water use, the results can logically help lower their water bill,” she added.


Many of the gray water use regulations have formerly dealt heavily with new construction. The Department of Water Resources identified new rules, as of January 2012, that have relaxed and simplified regulations on gray water use for existing residences.


There is no cost to attend, however those who pre register by November 6th will receive a free reusable market bag upon check-in at the seminar. For more information, or to pre-register, contact Kathleen Radnich at 760.218.2822, or by email at kjradnich@jbwd.com.

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