LAND USE COMMITTEE TO HEAR SUPERVISOR WIENER’S ORDINANCE MANDATING WATER RECYCLING SYSTEMS IN NEW DEVELOPMENTS AND ESTABLISHING RECYCLED WATER POLICY FOR CLEANING AND IRRIGATING PUBLIC SPACES

Ordinance will require onsite water reuse systems in new large developments and require all developments throughout the city to go through a water reuse analysis with the Public Utilities Commission. The ordinance also will set city policy that all irrigation and cleaning of public spaces should be done with non-drinking water within the next 5 years

WHEN:           Monday, June 8th, 1:30 PM

WHERE:         Land Use and Transportation Committee

                             San Francisco City Hall

                             Room 250

WHAT:           Today the Land Use and Transportation Committee of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors will hear legislation sponsored by Supervisor Scott Wiener to require new developments to use onsite water reuse systems – like greywater and blackwater systems – for non-potable uses like toilet flushing and irrigation. The legislation also pushes city departments to use non-potable water for all cleaning and irrigation of public spaces within the next 5 years. Increasing the use of non-potable water will decrease the use of Hetch Hetchy drinking water for irrigation and toilet flushing. The legislation will require new large developments of 250,000 or more square feet to use onsite water reuse systems for non-potable uses, while also requiring all developments citywide 40,000 square feet and above to go through an onsite water reuse analysis by the PUC. These systems include capturing greywater from sinks and laundries, treating blackwater from toilets and showers, rainwater, and foundation water. The legislation will also make it city policy that within the next 5 years, city departments use only non-potable water for irrigation and cleaning of public spaces, like streets, parks, plazas and medians. City departments must report back within two years on the feasibility and needs required of implementing these policies, including budget costs. If the Land Use and Transportation Committee recommends the legislation, the ordinance will be before the full Board of Supervisors next Tuesday, June 16th.

CONTACT:   Supervisor Scott Wiener, (415) 554-6968, scott.wiener@sfgov.org


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