WATER USE EFFICIENCY RULE
The 2003 Municipal Water Law required that the Washington Department of Health (DOH) must develop a set of conservation regulations. We know that the final rule has several elements that will affect Spanaway Water Company and its customers.
These items include:
- Detailed historical data and reporting on water supply, water use by customer class, and past conservation efforts and their effect on water use.
- Characterization of water supply sources including possible or known environmental impacts.
- Detailed water demand forecasting by customer class including future reduction of use due to conservation programs.
- Detailed evaluation of at least 6 conservation measures (for our size system) including potential quantity conserved, cost effectiveness, implementation, funding, evaluation of conservation, and reporting to both the public and DOH.
- Develop conservation goals through a public meeting process based on the above efforts.
- From the above, develop a “Water Use Efficiency Program”.
- Track and provide an annual performance report to both the public and DOH on progress in achieving the conservation goals.
- Revise/expand/add conservation measures as needed to insure the goals are achieved.
- Develop a “Water Loss Control Action Plan” if unaccounted for water is greater than 10 percent of total water produced.
The plan must include: activities to be taken to reduce water loss, an implementation schedule, funding for plan for activities, and reporting on progress to both public and DOH.