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Sherwood Supports Water Reuse in California
May 1st, 2017 by Eddie Scher

Today Sherwood Engineers delivered our letter in support of SB740, important state legislation that will help promote water reuse in California.

April 26, 2017

Senator Scott Wiener
State Capitol, Room 4066
Sacramento, CA 95814

RE:  SUPPORT SB 740 – Onsite Non-Potable Water System Guidelines

Dear Senator Wiener:

Thank you for introducing SB 740 and for your commitment to expanding water reuse in California.

The benefits of reusing stormwater and greywater for landscape irrigation, flushing toilets, and other non-potable uses is unquestionable in the face of drought and a disrupted climate. For 15 years Sherwood Design Engineers has designed and implemented onsite water infrastructure systems that capture, treat, and reuse stormwater, offsetting demand on drinking water supplies, reducing the burden on water infrastructure, and reducing energy demand from water conveyance and treatment. Well-designed water reuse systems are proven safe and effective. This important bill will help communities across the state take advantage of water reuse systems to reduce water demand and improve climate resilience.

SB 740 will direct the State Water Resources Control Board to develop a comprehensive risk-based framework to assist local communities in developing oversight and management programs for onsite non-potable water systems in multi-family residential, commercial, and mixed-use buildings.  The framework would establish treatment system performance standards that are protective of public health and establish guidance for monitoring, permitting and reporting of onsite non-potable water systems in communities across California. The practices set forth in the framework are optional and would be adopted at the discretion of local communities.

For these reasons, Sherwood Design Engineers supports SB 740 and your efforts to promote water reuse in California. Thank you for your attention to this critical issue.


Bry Sarté
Founder and Partner