Water Conservation Policies

The commission has embarked on an ambitious water conservation program. The following conservation policies were adopted to reduce the demand for water.

 Resolution 81-9 -- Requires applications for new water withdrawals subject to DRBC review under Section 3.8 of the Compact to include and describe water-conserving practices and technology designed to minimize the use of water by municipal, industrial, and agricultural users.

 Resolution 86-12 -- Requires metering, recording, and reporting of all water withdrawals in excess of 100,000 gallons per day (gpd).

 Resolution 87-6 (Revised) -- Requires water purveyors to develop and undertake leak detection and repair programs if they distribute water in excess of 100,000 gpd. Purveyors are responsible for submitting leak detection and repair plans for review and approval.

 Resolution 87-7 (Revised) -- Requires water purveyors to install meters incident to the provision or maintenance of service at the retail level. Universal service metering was mandated by September 28, 1998.

 Resolution 88-2 (Revision No. 2) -- Sets water conservation performance standards for plumbing fixtures and fittings. The regulation covers water closets, urinals, showerheads, and faucets. State and local compliance was required by July 1, 1991.

 Resolution 92-2 -- Requires water purveyors seeking DRBC approval for the new or expanded water withdrawals to submit water conservation plans with permit applications. Purveyors seeking approval for new or expanded withdrawals in excess of one million gpd shall evaluate the feasibility of implementing a water conservation pricing structure and billing program and include this evaluation in the water conservation plan.

 Resolution 2001-8 -- Amends the DRBC's Comprehensive Plan and Water Code to establish water usage reporting requirements. Please note: Resolution 2001-8 superceded by Resolution 2009-1 (below) effective January 1, 2012.

 Resolution 2009-1 (pdf 43 KB) -- Amends the DRBC's Comprehensive Plan and Water Code to implement an updated water audit approach to identify and control water loss in the Basin. For additional information on the new water audit approach, please click here

To Learn More About Water Conservation, Try These Web Sites:

Free Water Audit Software for Water Purveyors (American Water Works Association [AWWA])

WaterSense: An EPA Partnership Program (the DRBC is a WaterSense Partner)

Urban Water Sustainability Council (U.S. Water Alliance; DRBC's Exec. Dir. Carol Collier is a member of the UWSC)

Water Knowledge Resource Communities (AWWA)

Handbook of Water Use and Conservation (book by Amy Vickers)

How to Conserve Water and Use it Effectively (U.S. EPA)

Water Conservation Toolbox: Tips for Water Suppliers and Customers (Metropolitan Council of MN)

Home Water Works (a project of the Alliance for Water Efficiency; this site offers a water calculator to help estimate how much water your household uses and compares it to a similar average and to that of a highly efficient home)

Landscaping for a Healthy Planet (a joint project of Audubon Pennsylvania and Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay; this web site offers conservation landscaping ideas)

H2ouse - Take a Tour to Investigate Water-Saving Opportunities in Your House (a joint project of the California Urban Water Conservation Council and U.S. EPA)

How to Conserve Water in the Bathroom and How to Go Green in the Bathroom (Bathroom Remodel web site - both pages offer informative links)