2012 Facilities
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HB12-1003Authorize Graywater Use FISCHER / NICHOLSON Except in connection with individual septic systems, current law is unclear regarding whether, and under what conditions, graywater may be used. Section 1 of the bill declares the importance of water conservation to the economy of Colorado and the well-being of its citizens. Section 2 defines "graywater" as wastewater from sources other than toilets, urinals, kitchen sinks, nonlaundry utility sinks, and dishwashers collected within a residential, commercial, or industrial building that meets certain standards established by the water quality control commission. Section 3 authorizes the commission to adopt a control regulation establishing use standards and specifies that: Graywater may be applied only to uses that are allowed by the water sources' well permits and water rights; and, if so used, the use of the graywater is deemed to not cause injury. Graywater can be used only if the commission has adopted a control regulation and a local government authorizes the use. The local government has exclusive enforcement authority regarding compliance with the commission's control regulation. Section 5 allows counties to authorize graywater use, and section 6 allows municipalities to authorize graywater use. Section 4 repeals an obsolete provision authorizing local boards of health to adopt rules regarding graywater use with individual septic systems. 02/01/2012 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
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HB12-1126On-site Wastewater Treatment Systems GEROU The bill modernizes and simplifies the laws related to individual sewage treatment systems. Section 1 of the bill:
* Replaces the terms "individual sewage disposal system" (or "ISDS") with "on-site wastewater treatment system" (or "OWTS") and updates other OWTS-related terms and definitions;
* Eliminates references to disposal of sewage to more accurately convey that sewage is treated;
* Explicitly authorizes performance-based approaches to the regulation of OWTSs;
* Requires the division of administration in the department of public health and environment (department) to periodically advise the water quality control commission (commission) in the department regarding whether the commission should consider adopting new rules to reflect scientific advances in OWTSs;
* Removes specific topics and parameters for which the commission and local boards of health are required to promulgate rules, thus allowing those entities greater regulatory flexibility to regulate OWTSs;
* Reorganizes existing law for increased clarity, including relocating provisions pertaining to the issuance of variances from OWTS rules;
* Withdraws from local boards of health, and places within the purview of the commission, the authority to specify by rule mandatory tests that must be performed on OWTSs and allows local boards of health to adopt rules requiring additional studies;
* Strikes references to a distinct "emergency use permit" and instead incorporates the ability of a local public health agency to allow use of a malfunctioning OWTS under the terms of, and concurrent with, a repair permit;
* Condenses language pertaining to fees that a local board of health may collect for OWTS-related services, and allows the amount of such fees to be sufficient to offset the indirect costs (in addition to direct costs) incurred; and
* Repeals specific provisions relating to, while reaffirming, the authority of a local board of health to prohibit permits for an OWTS when the OWTS will constitute a hazard to public health or water quality. Sections 2 through 8 contain conforming amendments. 
04/26/2012 Governor Action - Signed
NOT ON CALENDARGov. Hickenlooper signs several bills