Public Water Supply Permit Program: Standards For Issuance
A Check List
When the DEC reviews an application for a water supply permit, the following permit standards are applied in the review process:
- Is the proposed project justified by public necessity?
- Have other sources of supply, which are available or may become available, been adequately considered?
- Will all work and construction in connection with the project be done in a proper and safe manner?
- Will the water supply be adequate to meet the needs of the proposed service area?
- Will there be proper protection of the water supply and watershed or proper treatment of the water supply?
- Will the proposed project be just and equitable to all the affected municipalities, particularly with regard to their present and future needs for water supplies?
- Is there a provision for fair and equitable determinations of and payments of any direct and indirect legal damages to persons or property resulting from the acquisition of any lands for the proposed project or the construction and continuing operation of the project?
- Has the applicant developed and implemented a water conservation program in accordance with local water resource needs and conditions? (See the Water Conservation section which follows.)
Legislation took effect on January 1, 1989 adding water conservation to the standards for permit issuance in this program. Each applicant must document the local water conservation measures taken and those measures planned for future implementation.
The Department developed a Water Conservation Manual describing beneficial near term and long range water conservation measures that can be adapted as necessary to reflect local water resource needs and conditions. A Water Conservation Program Form (WCPF) was also developed to help applicants organize and present the information needed to evaluate the local water conservation program. Both the Manual and the Form can be obtained from the appropriate DEC Regional Environmental Permits office or from the Bureau of Water Permits in Albany (See Application Procedures).