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The International Compost Sanitation Forum and Message Board: General Composting Issues: Distance of Humanure Compost from Water Body
Author: Potameid (Potameid)
Monday, June 15, 2015 - 8:45 am
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New York State has specific regulations about greywater and also where and how compost should be handled.

See the "Residential Onsite Wastewater Treatment Design Handbook" (http://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/water/drinking/wastewater_treatment_systems/docs/design_handbook.pdf)

Or just follow the link to the regs they quote on this site (http://www.weblife.org/humanure/appendix3.html#ny)

There are some other threads about navigating the NY codes. I tried to consolidate my questions on this one here: (http://www.jenkinspublishing.com/cgi-bin/messages/show.cgi?tpc=1088&post=6016#POST6016)

Let me know how it goes and what you find out, as I'm also trying to figure out how to do this legally.

Author: Ecointerest (Ecointerest)
Monday, May 04, 2015 - 5:57 am
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Thank you for your question. I saw your post a few days ago but was waiting for others to reply.
I would suggest that it would be quite safe, provided you have followed all the recommendations as detailed in Joe's book, Humanure Handbook. A good understanding of the scientific and technical principles to be applied is the best guarantee against any pathogenic hazard affecting the lake water.
I don't think anyone can give a guarantee, absolutely, but in the case of composting toilets OTHER THAN the Humanure method, where thermophilic temperatures have NOT been reached, there could be a potential hazard.
With the Humanure method as described in the book, there is virtually no likelihood of leachate coming out of the compost pile. Also, after a year of maturing time, the compost is well and truly sanitized by a combination of the high temperatures reached AND the bio-diversity of worms, fungi, microbes, etc.
I hope this helps you to make the appropriate choice of system for your needs.

Author: Better_farm (Better_farm)
Friday, May 01, 2015 - 12:49 pm
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Hi Everyone! was curious if anyone knew the appropriate distance from waterbodies to keep a compost pile with humanure in it? Have a lake community in Northern New York interested in exploring compost toilets as replacements to inefficient septics, and concerns have arisen regarding nitrogen leaching into the lake from compost. After a year of healthy decomposition, is it okay to put the compost into garden beds on waterfront properties?

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