Anti-greywater bureaucrats in Ventura County

Subject: Anti-greywater bureaucrats in Ventura County
Date: Sat, 25 Mar 2000
From: Art Ludwig <Oasis Design>
Organization: Oasis Design>

Hello Art,I have just moved into my house in Oxnard and have been
> butting my head against the local bureaucrats who have been sending me
> from Oxnard ( 3 different depts.) over to the county and back again.
> After reading what you say about the California graywater law, I am
> ready to forget the whole idea because I am not about to put something
> in without a permit. It is just an average size level lot in the middle
> of the city. If you do that kind of small scale, ordinary, every day
> consulting and the price is right, I would be interested in making
> your acquaintance. BTW, I have had your book "Create an Oasis......"
> since the 80's. Also I am presently taking a community college
> plumbing course to supplement my degree in horticulture which I have
> half way completed. I am also a Master Gardener. I am telling you this
> so you will know that I have half a clue about soils,water and plants
> and can see that the future is in graywater. Please let me know if
> "Builder's Greywater Guide" may be purchased from you direct or only
> at Amazon. Thank you for a very informative site!

You can get the builders' guide directly from us, as well as the brand
spankin' new 4th edition create an oasis with greywater. I'm working on
a booklet especially dedicated to "branched drain" greywater systems.
If your irrigated area is downhill from the water source, it could help
you; there is precedent for permitting them in the city of SB.
However, you might consider forgetting about a greywater system if you
live in Ventura County and are not about to do anything without a
permit. The head of the health dept is especially rabidly
anti-greywater down there. If you take it on, it will probably be an
experience somewhat like Rosa Parks refusing to give up her seat on the
bus for a white person; we'd all be grateful, but it will be a lot of
work. If I can help you, let me know; small scale stuff is mostly the
kind of consulting I do.
Hate to be the bearer of bad news, Sorry!
Art
>

Art, Thank you for the advice. I will forget greywater systems for the present but
>will continue to research it.

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