It's not clean enough to drink, but it contains less nitrogen and fewer pathogens than "black water" or toilet waste.I call BS! How do you get fecal coliform from kitchen sink water? Is the Department protecting its jurisdiction?
Still, it is capable of carrying enough bacteria to trigger typhoid fever, dysentery, hepatitis and other gastrointestinal or viral problems. Laura Leonard, a spokeswoman for the North Carolina Division of Environmental Health, said gray water can have about the same amount of fecal coliform bacteria as whole wastewater.
Bottom Line: We need flexible thinking when water is in short supply. The government needs the most flexibility.