HB18-1069 - Reclaimed Water Use For Toilet Flushing

Passed/Signed into Law
Concerning the allowable uses of reclaimed domestic wastewater, and, in connection therewith, allowing reclaimed domestic wastewater to be used for toilet flushing and making an appropriation.

The bill codifies rules promulgated by the water quality control commission (commission) of the Colorado department of public health and environment (department) concerning allowable uses of reclaimed domestic wastewater, which is wastewater that has been treated for subsequent reuses other than drinking water.

Section 3 of the bill defines 3 categories of water quality standards for reclaimed domestic wastewater, sets forth the allowable uses for each water quality standard category, and adds toilet and urinal flushing in multifamily residential and nonresidential structures as allowable uses for reclaimed domestic wastewater. Section 3 also authorizes the commission to establish new categories of water quality standards and to recategorize any use of reclaimed domestic wastewater to a less stringent category of water quality standard. The commission may develop more stringent standards by rule if it determines that the existing standards and categories are not protective of public health and identifies a specific health risk posed by the use of reclaimed domestic wastewater under the existing standards. Section 3 also authorizes the water quality control division, after conducting a public stakeholders' process, to develop policy, guidance, or best management practices for use of reclaimed domestic wastewater. Finally, section 3 authorizes the division of administration in the department to grant variances for uses of reclaimed domestic wastewater.

Section 5 authorizes the state plumbing board to promulgate rules governing the installation and inspection of toilet and urinal systems and structures for which reclaimed domestic wastewater is used.

Section 6 appropriates $25,054 in the 2018-19 fiscal year from the general fund to the department for use by the water quality control division to implement the bill.

Sections 1, 2, and 4 make conforming amendments.
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)


Latest update: April 30, 2018
04/30/2018 - Governor Signed
04/26/2018 - Sent to the Governor
04/26/2018 - Signed by the President of the Senate
04/26/2018 - Signed by the Speaker of the House
04/17/2018 - Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
04/16/2018 - Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
04/13/2018 - Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
04/10/2018 - Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
03/28/2018 - Senate Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy Refer Unamended to Appropriations
03/26/2018 - Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy
03/21/2018 - House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
03/20/2018 - House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
03/16/2018 - House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
01/29/2018 - House Committee on Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources Refer Amended to Appropriations
01/10/2018 - Introduced In House - Assigned to Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources