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Laundry to Landscape Greywater System

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Given Austin’s current stance on laundry-to-landscape greywater systems, this post is going to be brief.

From the City of Austin’s Gray Water FAQ page:

Do I need a permit to install a gray water system?

Yes. For laundry-to-landscape systems and other gravity-flow systems using 250 gallons per day or less, homeowners may pull their own permit. For gravity-flow systems that use more than 250 gallons per day and for pressurized systems, the installer (either a licensed plumber or professional engineer) must pull the permit.

What kind of permit do I need to install a gray water system and where do I get it?

You will need to get an auxiliary water permit. This permit can be obtained at the City of Austin’s One Stop Shop, located at 505 Barton Springs Road. The One Stop Shop is open Monday through Friday from 8:00am until 3:00pm.

Do gray water systems need to be inspected?

Yes. An initial cross-connection test must be conducted following the installation of laundry-to-landscape systems and other gravity flow systems that use 250 gallons or less. Gravity-flow systems using over 250 gallons and all pressurized systems will require more frequent inspection.

Everything you need to know about laundry to landscape systems, including design plans and parts lists, can be found on Oasis Design’s Laundry to Landscape Grey Water page.

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