Delaware - 2012 State Policy Information Delaware State Flag 

Below are results for Delaware 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?

    Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control - Division of Water  

  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?  

    Yes.

    DEL. ADMIN. CODE tit. 7, §7303.4.3:

    “All applicants for water allocation permits are required to submit in writing and demonstrate the existence of and commitment to a water conservation program, suitable to their particular use, as a condition of their application. 4.3.1 Establishment of a program of periodic monitoring and evaluation of water usage. 4.3.2 Establishment of a systematic leak detection and control program which, through routine maintenance and discovery of leaks, is responsive to high unaccounted for water usage rates..."


    DEL. ADMIN. CODE tit. 7, §7303 Text

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

    DEL. ADMIN. CODE tit. 7, §7303.4.3:

    “All applicants for water allocation permits are required to submit in writing and demonstrate the existence of and commitment to a water conservation program, suitable to their particular use, as a condition of their application. 4.3.1 Establishment of a program of periodic monitoring and evaluation of water usage. 4.3.2 Establishment of a systematic leak detection and control program which, through routine maintenance and discovery of leaks, is responsive to high unaccounted for water usage rates. 4.3.3 Use of the best practical methods and devices to conserve water. 4.3.4 A plan to alert employees and customers of the need to conserve water and reduce wasteful usage. 4.3.5 Evaluation of the potential to use water of less than potable quality including the use of treated wastewater, where possible. 4.3.6 The establishment of pricing schedules which reflect the actual cost of water service is required of utilities regulated by the Public Service Commission and is encouraged for non-regulated utilities.”

    DEL. ADMIN. CODE tit. 7, §7303.5.5.7:

    “Each allocation permit shall require that reasonable efforts be made to minimize unnecessary use and/or waste of water in accordance with the conservation plan submitted with the permit application.”  
     

    DEL. ADMIN. CODE tit. 7, §7303 Text

  10. Does the state require preparation of drought emergency plans by water utilities or cities on any prescribed schedule?  

    No. 

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

    For permitting, see details under question 9 above.

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

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

    Only when applying for new allocation permit.

  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?

    DEL. ADMIN. CODE tit. 7, §7303.4.3: 

    "All applicants for water allocation permits are required to submit in writing and demonstrate the existence of and commitment to a water conservation program, suitable to their particular use, as a condition of their application. 4.3.1 Establishment of a program of periodic monitoring and evaluation of water usage. 4.3.2 Establishment of a systematic leak detection and control program which, through routine maintenance and discovery of leaks, is responsive to high unaccounted for water usage rates. 4.3.3 Use of the best practical methods and devices to conserve water. 4.3.4 A plan to alert employees and customers of the need to conserve water and reduce wasteful usage. 4.3.5 Evaluation of the potential to use water of less than potable quality including the use of treated wastewater, where possible. 4.3.6 The establishment of pricing schedules which reflect the actual cost of water service is required of utilities regulated by the Public Service Commission and is encouraged for non-regulated utilities."  The language Respondents quoted is not the source they cited, and is not in the water allocation permit regulations.  

    DEL. ADMIN. CODE tit. 7, §7303 Text 
     
     
  15. Does the state require water utilities to implement conservation measures, beyond just the preparation and submittal of plans? 

    No

  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?

    Nothing beyond the DWSRF and CWSRF.
     
  17. Does the state offer technical assistance for urban water conservation programs? 

    No
     
  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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