Kansas - 2012 State Policy Information Kansas State Flag 

Below are results for Kansas 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 Kansas Water Office is charged by statute with developing guidelines for water conservation plans and practices. 

    Statute 74-2608: Duties of office

    Additionally, the Division of Water Resources of the Kansas Department of Agriculture is in charge of permitting.

  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?

    KAN. ADMIN. REGS. 82a-733:

    “(a) The chief engineer may require an applicant for a permit to appropriate water for beneficial use or the owner of a water right or permit to appropriate water for beneficial use to adopt and implement conservation plans and practices… In selecting the applications, water rights or permits for which conservation plans and practices are required to be adopted and implemented, the chief engineer shall give priority to: (1) Water users that share a common source of supply that could be insufficient during times of drought; (2) water users whose use is significantly higher than their peers from the same geographical area with comparable circumstances; and (3) water users who apply for any state administered grant, loan or cost-share moneys for water-related projects… (b) The chief engineer shall allow… reasonable time to implement the conservation plan... (c) Plans and practices required pursuant to this section shall be consistent with the guidelines for conservation plans and practices developed and maintained by the Kansas water office… (d) Before any state agency makes any loan or grant, or provides any cost-share funds, for any water-related projects to any person or entity, the state agency may require the person or entity to submit to, and have approved by, the chief engineer a water conservation plan...” 

    KAN. ADMIN. REGS. 82a-733 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?   

    Only in certain circumstances, and in some cases it is discretionary (such as for a permit to appropriate water for beneficial use). 

    KAN. STAT. ANN. § 82a-733(a):

    “The chief engineer may require an applicant for a permit to appropriate water for beneficial use or the owner of a water right or permit to appropriate water for beneficial use to adopt and implement water conservation plans and practices.” 

    KAN. STAT. ANN. § 82a-733(d):

    “Before any state agency makes any loan or grant, or provides any cost-share funds, for any water-related projects to any person or entity, the state agency may require the person or entity to submit to, and have approved by, the chief engineer a water conservation plan consistent with the guidelines for conservation plans and practices developed and maintained by the Kansas water office . . . .” 

    KAN. STAT. ANN. § 82a-1348:

    “Each member of a water assurance district shall adopt conservation plans and practices for such member. Such plans and practices shall be consistent with the guidelines for conservation plans and practices developed and maintained by the Kansas water office . . . .” 

    KAN. STAT. ANN. § 82a-1502(b):

    “No water transfer shall be approved under the provision of this act: . . . (2) unless the hearing officer determines that the applicant has adopted and implemented conservation plans and practices that (A) are consistent with the guidelines developed and maintained by the Kansas water office . . . .” 

    KAN. STAT. ANN. § 82a-1608 [relating to the Multipurpose Small Lakes Program]:

    “If public water supply storage is included in such a project, the sponsor shall have a water conservation plan which has been submitted to and approved by the chief engineer.”

    KAN. STAT. ANN. § 65-163g(b) [relating to the public water supply loan program priority list considerations]:

    “the secretary shall: (1) Exclude from the priority list any project of a municipality which has not adopted and implemented conservation plans and practices that are consistent with the guidelines developed and maintained by the Kansas water office . . . .”

    KAN. STAT. ANN. § 82a-733 Text
    KAN. STAT. ANN. § 82a-1348 Text
    KAN. STAT. ANN. § 82a-1502 Text
    KAN. STAT. ANN. § 82a-1608 Text
    KAN. STAT. ANN. § 65-163 Text

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

    Yes, in regard to conservation plans that the chief engineer may  require for an applicant for a permit to appropriate water for beneficial use.

    KAN. STAT. ANN. § 82a-733(f):

    “The chief engineer may approve the conservation plans and practices required pursuant to the provisions of this section on such terms, conditions and limitations as deemed necessary to carry out the provisions of this section. The implementation of the conservation plan and practices as approved or any subsequent approved modification shall constitute a condition of the water right or permit to appropriate water for beneficial use.” 

    KAN. STAT. ANN. § 82a-733(g):

    “Any conservation plans and practices required pursuant to this section with regard to any groundwater right or permit to appropriate groundwater from within the boundaries of a groundwater management district shall be subject to approval by both the chief engineer and the board of directors of the groundwater management district unless such plans and practices are incorporated in the groundwater management district's management program which has been approved by the chief engineer pursuant to KAN. STAT. ANN. § 82a-1029 and amendments thereto.”  

    KAN. STAT. ANN. § 82a-733(d): " Before any state agency makes any loan or grant, or provides any cost-share funds, for any water-related projects to any person or entity, the state agency may require the person or entity to submit to, and have approved by, the chief engineer a water conservation plan ..."

    KAN. STAT. ANN. § 82a-733 Text
     
  13. How often does the state require the water utilities to submit a potable water conservation plan (not part of a drought emergency plan)? 

    There is no ongoing requirement to submit updated plans.

  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?

    Regarding conservation plans that the chief engineer may require for an applicant for a permit to appropriate water for beneficial use

    KAN. STAT. ANN. § 82a-733(c): “Plans . . . shall be consistent with the guidelines for conservation plans and practices developed and maintained by the Kansas water office . . . The Kansas water office shall provide, or arrange to provide, technical assistance for water users required to adopt and implement conservation plans and practices pursuant to this section.”

    Kansas Municipal Water Conservation Plan Guidelines

    KAN. STAT. ANN. § 82a-733 Text
      
     
  15. Does the state require water utilities to implement conservation measures, beyond just the preparation and submittal of plans? 

    Yes, as enforceable permit terms. 

    KAN. STAT. ANN. § 82a-733(f): " The implementation of the conservation plan and practices as approved or any subsequent approved modification shall constitute a condition of the water right or permit to appropriate water for beneficial use."

    KAN. STAT. ANN. § 82a-733 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?

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

    Yes.

    KAN. STAT. ANN. § 82a-733(c): “Plans . . . shall be consistent with the guidelines for conservation plans and practices developed and maintained by the Kansas water office . . . The Kansas water office shall provide, or arrange to provide, technical assistance for water users required to adopt and implement conservation plans and practices pursuant to this section.”

    KAN. STAT. ANN. § 82a-733 Text
     
  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: 

The Kansas Water Office offers voluntary and free technical assistance to communities that have over 30 percent unaccounted for water use in their system.