Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Recycling drive

Wash. proposes rules for reclaimed water irrigation

DOE

Capital Press

The Washington Department of Ecology has proposed rules for irrigating with reclaimed water — wastewater that’s been treated to remove most impurities, but doesn’t qualify as potable water. The DOE says the new rules will streamline obtaining permits and encourage more recycling of water, alleviating water shortages and reducing the amount of wastewater that’s dumped into Puget Sound and elsewhere.

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Oregon’s $10 million water fund rules approved

Capital Press

Aspiring developers of Oregon water projects will soon be able to request financial assistance from the state government’s $10 million water supply fund. The Oregon Water Resources Commission has approved final rules for the fund’s operation, which means water regulators expect to begin accepting proposals this summer from developers who hope to win project funding in the spring of 2016.

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Calgary faces rising debt for water infrastructure

Metro

Since 2011, developers of new communities in Calgary have been paying levies that are meant to cover half the cost of new water and wastewater infrastructure related to a particular development. But city council members were recently told by Calgary Water Resources that the cost-recovery system is “flawed and needs to be reworked.”

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