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Water Conservation Requirements

All applications for water withdrawal permits require a Water Conservation Program that demonstrates an applicant's water conservation and efficiency measures. These must be environmentally sound, economically feasible, and minimize inefficiencies and water losses. Such measures must include but are not limited to:

  • source and customer metering;
  • frequent system water auditing;
  • system leak detection and repair;
  • recycling and reuse, and;
  • reductions during drought.
Water Conservation Manuals and Forms

Two Water Conservation Manuals are available. One is targeted for public water supply systems and the other is for facilities withdrawing water for non-potable uses.


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