Indiana - 2012 State Policy Information Indiana State Flag 

Below are results for Indiana 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?

    Department of Natural Resources 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.

    IND. ADMIN. CODE tit. 327, r. 8-2-8.2:

    “(e) The department shall evaluate each PWS during a sanitary survey in accordance with this section to determine if deficiencies exist. Deficiencies include the following… (3) Deficiencies relating to drinking water distribution and transmission, including the following… (D) Greater than twenty-five percent (25%) water loss at a [PWS that serves at least 15 service connections used by year-round residents or regularly serves at least 25 year-round residents] based on a one (1) year average… (g) [A PWS using surface water or ground water under the direct influence of surface water] shall respond in writing to any deficiency found during a sanitary survey and reported to [it] by the commissioner. Response requirements are as follows: (1) The response must: (A) be made within forty-five (45) days of receipt of the report; and (B) indicate: (i) how the PWS will address deficiencies found during the sanitary survey; and (ii) on what schedule the PWS will address deficiencies found during the sanitary survey.” 

    IND. ADMIN. CODE tit. 327, r. 8-2-8.2 Text

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

    Temporarily Added Noncode Provisions to Amend 312 IAC 6.2:

    “(a) This SECTION governs registration of a withdrawal, consumptive use, or diversion… (g) By March 31 of the following year, a person registered under this SECTION must report each of the following to the division on a department form… (2) Information regarding evaluation, implementation, and results of water conservation and efficiency efforts used at the facility during the year.” 

    Text of Temporarily Added Noncode Provisions to Amend 312 IAC 6.2
      
     
  10. Does the state require preparation of drought emergency plans by water utilities or cities on any prescribed schedule?  

    Yes, but only pertains to withdrawals from state reservoirs and is only required for the initial water allocation contract. 

    312 IND. ADMIN. CODE 6.3-3-1:

    "(a) A person that seeks to contract with the commission for the: (1) provision of certain minimum quantities of stream flow; or (2) sale of water on a unit pricing basis; under IND.  CODE 14-25-2-2, must submit a written request to the division under this article. . . . (c) A written request under subsection (a) is not complete until the person submits, as part of the application: (1) a contingency plan that describes the alternatives the person will use if the withdrawal or release of water from the reservoir is restricted due to a drought alert . . . .(d) A contract shall not be executed unless the: (1) contingency plan is feasible . . . ."   

    312 IND. ADMIN. CODE 6.3-3-1 Text

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

    Yes, but only pertains to withdrawals from state reservoirs and is only required for the initial water allocation contract.

    312 IND. ADMIN. CODE 6.3-3-1:

    "(a) A person that seeks to contract with the commission for the: (1) provision of certain minimum quantities of stream flow; or (2) sale of water on a unit pricing basis; under IND. CODE 14-25-2-2, must submit a written request to the division under this article. . . . (b) A written request under subsection (a) must be completed and must include the following information: (11) A conservation plan." 

    312 IND. ADMIN. CODE 6.3-3-1 Text

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

    Yes, but only in regard to a conservation plan being part of a written request to withdraw water from a state reservoir. See 312 IAC 6.3-3-5 Commission action on contract and subsequent approvals
     
  13. How often does the state require the water utilities to submit a potable water conservation plan (not part of a drought emergency plan)? 

    312 IND. ADMIN. CODE 6.3 requires the submittal of a water conservation plan by a utility at the time of contract request or renewal for the withdrawal of water from a state reservoir only. 

    312 IND. ADMIN. CODE 6.3-4-2:

    "(c) . . . a contract entered under IND. CODE 14-25-2 and this article shall not cover a period of more than fifty (50) years."

    312 IND. ADMIN. CODE 6.3-3-1 Text

  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: 

DNR Statutes and Rules

Indiana Administrative Code  

Indiana Statutes 

Indiana Water Shortage Plan