Arkansas - 2012 State Policy Information Arkansas State Flag 

Below are results for Arkansas from the 2011/2012 Water Efficiency and Conservation State Scorecard survey.

Use the links below to jump to a specific question:

Q1. State Agencies Q8. Water Loss Q15. Implementation Requirements
Q2. Toilet Regulations   Q9. Permitting    Q16. State Funding for Conservation
Q3. Showerhead Regulations Q10. Drought Plans Q17. Technical Assistance
Q4. Urinal Regulations Q11. Conservation Plans Q18. Volumetric Billing  
Q5. Clothes Washer Regulations Q12. Authority to Approve Plans Q19. Metered Connections 
Q6. PRSV Regulations Q13. Plan Update Frequency Q20. ET Microclimate Information  
Q7. Building or Plumbing Codes Q14. Planning Framework Additional Information

 

 

 

 

 

 


  1. What state agency or agencies are in charge of drinking water conservation/efficiency?

    Arkansas Natural Resources Commission 

  2. Does the state have a water consumption regulation for toilets that is more stringent than the federal standard?  

    No

  3. Does the state have a water consumption regulation for showerheads that is more stringent than the federal standard? 

    No
     
  4. Does the state have a water consumption regulation for urinals that is more stringent than the federal standard?

    No
      
  5. Does the state have a water consumption regulation for clothes washers that is more stringent than the federal standard? 

    No

  6. Does the state have a water consumption regulation for pre-rinse spray valves that is more stringent than the federal standard?  

    No

  7. Does the state have mandatory building or plumbing codes requiring water efficient products that exceed the federal standard? 

    No
     
  8. Does the state have any regulations or policies for water utilities regarding water loss in the utility distribution system?  

    No

  9. Does the state require conservation activities as part of its water permitting process or water right permit?

    ARK. NAT. RES. COMM’N 138.00, § 304.3(A), 305.3(A):

    “Applications for a permit shall be on a form furnished by the Director and shall be filed with the Director. The applicant shall disclose… 7. The proposed conservation plan.”

    ARK. NAT. RES. COMM’N 138.00, § 301.3(K):

    “Conservation plan: A plan as evidenced by written document for implementation of economical and technically feasible practices for improving the efficiency of water use. At a minimum, the Plan shall address the following concerns where applicable: leakage and loss control, water reuse, promotion of water saving devices, drought emergency plans, irrigation system efficiency and tailwater recovery.” 

    ARK. NAT. RES. COMM’N 138.00 Text
      
      
  10. Does the state require preparation of drought emergency plans by water utilities or cities on any prescribed schedule?  

    Drought is included in the conservation plan that is submitted for a permit application.    

  11. Does the state have a mandatory planning requirement for potable water conservation/efficiency separate from drought emergency plans?   

    Only in regard to a permit application.

  12. Does the state have the authority to approve or reject the conservation plans? 

    Only in regard to permit applications.
     
  13. How often does the state require the water utilities to submit a potable water conservation plan (not part of a drought emergency plan)? 

    N/A

  14. If the state has a mandatory planning requirement for potable water conservation separate from drought emergency plans, is there a framework or prescribed methodology?

    N/A
     
     
  15. Does the state require water utilities to implement conservation measures, beyond just the preparation and submittal of plans? 

    Yes, for permit allocations.

    ARK. NAT. RES. COMM’N 138.00, § 311.2: 

    As a part of the allocation plan, the Commission shall require the development and implementation of a conservation plan by any and all diverters. The conservation plan may be required with or without a reduction in a diverter's withdrawals.No

    ARK. NAT. RES. COMM’N 138.00 Text

  16. Does the state offer financial assistance to utilities, cities, or counties for urban water conservation programs such as a revolving loan fund? Grants?  Bonds?  Appropriations?

    Water Resources Development General Obligation Bond Program
     
  17. Does the state offer technical assistance for urban water conservation programs? 

    Ark. Code Ann. § 15-22-907:

    "(a) The Arkansas Soil and Water Conservation Commission or its designee shall develop and implement an education and information program to encourage water conservation by increasing the public's awareness of the need for and techniques available for conservation.       
    (b) This shall include, as a minimum, the following components as the commission deems necessary:       
    (1) Technology transfer;             
    (2) Training;             
    (3) Technical assistance;             
    (4) Research; and             
    (5) Demonstration projects."
     
  18. Does the state require volumetric billing?

    No
     
     
  19. What percentage or number of publicly supplied water connections (residential and nonresidential) are metered in your state?
     
  20. Does the state provide statewide ET microclimate information for urban landscapes?  

    No

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