MAKE LIFE EASY: GETTING PERMITS FOR YOUR GREYWATER SYSTEM
When we are trying to beautify our landscape, we want to keep one thing in mind when it comes to permits: Keep it SIMPLE.
SIMPLICITY IS FELICITY
We all remember the KISS principle from sales and marketing: Keep It Simple, Silly (Or substitute your favorite “S word” 😉
When it comes to plumbing code, we want our greywater system defined as “simple.” This approach will keep the permitting to a minimum.
AVOID COMPLEX DESIGNATION
The designation of “simple” vs “complex” matters. Depending on your region, you will save a lot of money and hassle by keeping your definition to simple.
For example, in Los Angeles the latest price is $600 for a simple permit, of which $300 goes to the City of Los Angeles and the other $300 goes to the County Health Department. Currently, where I live Long Beach, a simple non-pressurized systems is $0.00, so you can see it may vary.
The same greywater system that is classified as “Complex” when over 250 gallons of pressurized distribution is being piped.. At this point, the permitting fees go up to $2,400 for the Los Angeles County Health Department and $300 for the City of Los Angeles!
Fortunately for me, Long Beach is terrific in that the fees are still $0. I spent a little more time at the permit counter, so that’s life.
But do you want to bet which city is going to have the lowest water consumption? Go Long Beach!!!
OTHER DISTINCTIONS OF THE GREYWATER SYSTEM
With our system, you’re collecting water and pushing that out to your sprinkler systems. By the way, those sprinkler systems are pressurized we want to make sure you’re not cross-connected into the public water system, which can be very dangerous.
We are pushing water out to the aquifer pipe, so this has a lower permit price. You can look at our site for ideas with pass through systems, and systems that collect the water and then push it out to the land. One other thing to keep in mind is that the collected water should only be held for more than 24 hours.
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