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The Federal Administrative Court has ruled that laundry can be washed with well water.

Judgement on the use of rainwater

On 31 March 2010 the Federal Administrative Court ruled in favour of a judgement on the washing of laundry.

According to Dietmar Sperfeld, an expert at Fachvereinigung Betriebs- und Regenwassernutzung e.V. (German Association for Rainwater Harvesting and Water Utilisation), the judgement will also have far-reaching implications for users of rainwater harvesting systems. Water associations, water providers and groups of interested parties are continually casting doubt in the minds of consumers wanting to run their washing machine with rainwater as well as flushing their toilet and watering their garden from such sources.

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Introduction

What is fbr ?

fbr is a nation-wide professional association of people, companies, local authorities, offices, specialized trading companies and institutions interested or already actively involved in water recycling and rainwater utilization. The association is a registered non-profit-making organisation with headquarters in Darmstadt, Germany. fbr is a non governmental organisation.

Objective

fbr has set itself the objective of promoting water recycling and rainwater utilization and bringing together everyone actively involved and interested in this sector.

Purpose and responsibilities

The purpose of fbr is to promote water recycling and rainwater utilization, save drinking water and reduce sewage. Its responsibility lies in the creation of a provision against future contingencies, while at the same time taking into account all aspects of environmental protection, science and research. Within the association, members are active in work groups dealing with all topics water recycling and rainwater utilization.

Members

People, companies, local authorities, offices, specialist trade and institutions interested or already actively involved in the use of water recycling and rainwater utilization.

What are the advantages of membership?

-    Representation of interests for water recycling and rainwater utilization

-    Contacts and exchange of experience with experts 

-    Reduced rate for trade events, exhibitions and fairs

-    Possibility of active participation in various work groups

-    Access to consultants and experts

-    Entry in members´ directory with company profile

-    Subscription to „fbr-wasserspiegel“

-    Subscription to fbr serial publications

Activities

Conferences, Members´ newspaper, fbr serial publications, Trade fair presentations, Work groups, Research aid, Representation of interests, Member counselling, Press work, Info data base, Saving drinking water, Technical Regulations, Water quality, Eco-balances, Rainwater management, Water recycling, Rainwater utilization

Contact:

Fachvereinigung Betriebs- und Regenwassernutzung e.V. (fbr),

Association for Rainwater Harvesting and Water Utilisation

Havelstr. 7A

D – 64295 Darmstadt

Germany