Illinois - 2012 State Policy Information Illinois State Flag 

Below are results for Illinois 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?

    The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR)
     
  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, but only in regard to Lake Michigan water allocations.

    ILL. ADMIN. CODE tit. 17, § 3730.307(b):

    “As a condition of receiving an allocation of Lake Michigan water, all permittees will agree to submit to the Department proposals designed to reduce or eliminate wasteful water use and to reduce unaccounted-for flows to 8% or less, based on net annual pumpage, and procedures used to determine efficiency of water metering or accounting in permittee's system.” 

    ILL. ADMIN. CODE tit. 17, § 3730.309(a):

    “Within 60 days of the end of each accounting period, all permittees shall furnish the following information and such other information relevant to the Lake Michigan allocation as the Department may require on forms provided by the Department… 9) The amount and percentage of water from all sources for the accounting period used for each of the following purposes… O) Unaccounted for, and P) Unavoidable leakage… 10) Summaries of the results and recommendations of any leak surveys conducted in the accounting period;”

    ILL. ADMIN. CODE tit. 17, § 3730.307 Text

    ILL. ADMIN. CODE tit. 17, § 3730.309 Text

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

    Yes, but only in regard to Lake Michigan water allocations.

    ILL. ADMIN. CODE tit. 17, § 3730.307:

    “(b) As a condition of receiving an allocation of Lake Michigan water, all permittees will agree to submit to the Department proposals designed to reduce or eliminate wasteful water use and to reduce unaccounted-for flows to 8% or less... (c) The Department shall require evidence of adoptions by the permittee of the following conservation practices as applicable to the particular user: 1) Leakage monitoring and correction for storage, transmission and distribution systems. 2) Metering of all new construction. 3) Metering of existing nonmetered services as part of any major remodeling. 4) The adoption of ordinances which require installation of the following water efficient plumbing fixtures… in all new construction and in all repair or replacement of fixtures or trim… 5) The adoption of ordinances which require the installation of closed system air conditioning in all new construction and in all remodeling. 6) The adoption of ordinances which require that all lavatories for public use in new construction or remodeling be equipped with metering or self closing faucets. 7) The adoption of ordinances which require that all newly constructed or remodeled car wash installations be equipped with a water recycling system. 8) The adoption of ordinances which restrict non-essential outside water uses to prevent excessive, wasteful use... ”  

    ILL. ADMIN. CODE tit. 17, § 3730.307 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?   

    No
     
  12. Does the state have the authority to approve or reject the conservation plans? 

    No
      
  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? 

    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 

Additional Information:  

Illinois Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act (Public Act 098-0022) - Signed into law on June 27, 2013  

Illinois Green Infrastructure for Clean Water Act (permits rainwater harvesting for non-potable uses)