Gray wa­ter or­di­nance ap­proved

Austin American-Statesman - - LOCAL BRIEFING -

The San Mar­cos City Coun­cil ap­proved a pro­posed gray wa­ter or­di­nance on first read­ing late Tues­day. Coun­cil mem­bers voted 6-1 for the or­di­nance, with Chris Jones cast­ing the dis­sent­ing vote.

The or­di­nance would al­low “gray wa­ter” — waste­water from show­ers, bath­tubs, sinks and wash­ing ma­chines — to be used for land­scap­ing and cer­tain other pur­poses.

Jones said that he sup­ports the use of gray wa­ter, but found the city’s or­di­nance “re­dun­dant,” be­cause all of its pro­vi­sions are al­ready cov­ered by state laws that reg­u­late gray wa­ter.

“We should be spend­ing our time en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple how to use (gray wa­ter) rather than reg­u­lat­ing it,” Jones said.

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