Maryland - 2012 State Policy Information Maryland State Flag 

Below are results for Maryland 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?

    Maryland Department of Environment (MDE)

  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.

    MD. REGS. CODE tit. 26, § 04.01.36(G)(1):

    “The owner of a new system [that applies for a construction permit… on or after October 1, 1999] shall submit an operations plan. [A public water system which serves at least 15 service connections used by year-round residents, or regularly serves at least 25 year-round residents]  shall comply with the requirements of §G(1)(a) and (b) of this regulation… An operations plan shall include: (b) A plan for tracking unaccounted-for water.”

    MD. REGS. CODE tit. 26, § 04.01.36 Text

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

    Yes.

    MD. CODE ANN., ENVIR. § 5-5B-04:

    “When applying for a new or expanded water appropriation permit or State financial assistance, public water systems shall include a description of best management practices currently in use, or to be implemented, for improving water conservation and the efficiency with which water is used, treated, stored, and transmitted. The application shall also include a schedule for the implementation of best management practices.”

    MD. CODE ANN., ENVIR. § 5-5B-04 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?   

    Yes, when applying for a new or expanded water appropriation permit or state financial assistance. 

    MD. CODE ANN., ENVIR. § 5-5B-04:

    "(a) Required. -- When applying for a new or expanded water appropriation permit or State financial assistance, public water systems shall include a description of best management practices currently in use, or to be implemented, for improving water conservation and the efficiency with which water is used, treated, stored, and transmitted. . . . (b) Contents. -- Best management practices may include the following:  (1) Practices designed to measure the amount of water conveyed through the system's infrastructure to water users, such as universal metering; (2) Audits of large-volume users; (3) Reuse and recycling of water for nonpotable, nonresidential applications; (4) Management of system pressure to reduce usage; (5) Retrofit programs; (6) Efficiency in landscape design and irrigation techniques; (7) Wastewater reclamation and recycling programs; (8) Fixture replacement programs; (9) Water and wastewater pricing structures that encourage improved efficiency; (10) Rebates and other financial incentives; (11) An education program for users designed to promote increased efficiency and conservation; and (12) Promotion or adoption of local water-use ordinances that encourage water conservation."

    MD. CODE ANN., ENVIR. § 5-5B-04 Text

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

    Yes, in the context of reviewing a permit or application for assistance. 

    MD. CODE ANN., ENVIR. § 5-5B-05(a):

    "In reviewing requests for new or expanded water appropriation permits by public water systems, as defined by this subtitle, the Department shall consider existing local initiatives and voluntary efforts and best management practices set forth for implementation within a permit application."  MD. CODE ANN., ENVIR. § 5-5B-05(b): "In reviewing and prioritizing requests by public water systems, as defined by this subtitle, for State financial assistance through the Maryland Water Quality Revolving Loan Fund under § 9-1605 of this article and other State funding sources, the Department shall consider local initiatives and voluntary efforts, and the best management practices set forth for implementation within a financial assistance application."

    MD. CODE ANN., ENVIR. § 5-5B-05 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)? 

    When applying for a 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?

    There is no mandatory framework, but the state does provide guidelines. 

    MD. CODE ANN., ENVIR. § 5-5B-05(c):

    "On or before October 1, 2003, the Department shall issue guidelines to public water systems on best management practices for improving water conservation and efficiency in water use, treatment, storage, and transmission, including: (1) Costs and cost-savings associated with implementing examples of specific best management practices; (2) Water conservation associated with implementing specific best management practices; and (3) Priority eligibility for funding through State financial resources for drinking water and wastewater treatment improvements including the Maryland Water Quality Revolving Loan Fund under § 9-1605 of this article and other State or federal financial assistance when best management practices are implemented."

    MD. CODE ANN., ENVIR. § 5-5B-05 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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