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April 5, 2024

Lukens’ Bipartisan Water Conservation Bill Passes House

DENVER, CO – The House today passed Representative Meghan Lukens’ bipartisan bill to conserve water through more widespread adoption of graywater use. HB24-1362 passed unanimously. 

“With the passage of this bill, we’re conserving our water resources, protecting our environment and upholding the Colorado way of life,” said Rep. Meghan Lukens, D-Steamboat Springs. “This bipartisan bill encourages local governments to use graywater in irrigation and for non-drinking household purposes, which is a great option for getting the most out of our water. Living on the Western Slope, I’m committed to protecting and conserving our precious water resources  – and this bill makes it easier for our communities to recycle water.” 

HB24-1362 is also sponsored by Representative Marc Caitlin, R-Montrose. This bill would encourage the use of graywater in Colorado to conserve our state’s scarce water supply by authorizing the installation of graywater systems statewide.  It also offers flexibility for local governments to opt-out with an ordinance or resolution prohibiting the installation of graywater systems for use in newly constructed residential buildings for indoor use. 

Water that has been used for washing dishes, laundering clothes, or bathing is considered graywater. Although it might be on its second or third round of use, graywater can be used for non-drinking purposes such as landscape irrigation and toilet flushing. 

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