Grey Water for Los Angeles?

Art Ludwig has spent 35 years working with grey water and, according to the Santa Barbara man, there are 8-million grey water systems in the United States and 1.7-million in California. Says Ludwig, "99% of them are illegal."

Ludwig, who says he created a number of grey water systems over the years, hosts www.oasisdesign.net.

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Grey water is, when reused, all of the water we use in our homes except what we use for our toilets. Ludwig says it's perfect for outdoor watering. In Arizona, the state allows gray water irrigation, but it has to be drip and not sprayed into the air.

That's the same sort of thing LA City Councilman Paul Krekorian wants here. He says, "Arizona, Nevada, Austrailia, many countries in the Middle East are setting the standard for grey water. We're not breaking new ground here." Krekorian wants LA to change its building code to allow the use of recycled grey water for landscaping and homes. Says the councilman, "The water we use to brush our teeth and wash our hands is just down the drain and wasted and that water can be reclaimed, it can be filtered, it can be used to fill up the toilet tank, it can be used to water our lawns and our landscaping."

In a one-on-one with FOX 11 Mayor Eric Garcetti said he's now spending about two hours a day dealing with water issues. He says "This is real. This is here. Every government needs to act and every single person needs to act."

The Mayor isn't ready to talk about grey water for LA yet, but says the city has to cut and so do Angelinos. "I want everyone to know you can play a part. We're going to get through this and every drop counts."

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