Nevada - 2012 State Policy Information Nevada State Flag 

Below are results for Nevada 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?

    State of Nevada Division of Water Resources

  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.

    NEV. REV. STAT. § 540.131:

    “… each supplier of water which supplies water for municipal, industrial or domestic purposes shall, on or before July 1, 1992, adopt a plan of water conservation based on the climate and the living conditions of its service area in accordance with the provisions of NRS 540.141… The plan… Must be updated every 5 years and comply with the requirements of this section and NRS 540.141.”

    NEV. REV. STAT. § 540.141:

    “A plan or joint plan of water conservation submitted to the Section for review must include provisions relating to… (c) The management of water to: (1) Identify and reduce leakage in water supplies, inaccuracies in water meters and high pressure in water supplies; and (2) Where applicable, increase the reuse of effluent… (e) A schedule for carrying out the plan or joint plan. (f) Measures to evaluate the effectiveness of the plan or joint plan. (g) For each conservation measure specified in the plan or joint plan, an estimate of the amount of water that will be conserved each year as a result of the adoption of the plan or joint plan, stated in terms of gallons of water per person per day.”

    NEV. REV. STAT. § 540.131 and § 540.141 Text 

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

    No, but the State Engineer has some discretionary authority regarding water conservation plans for interbasin transfers.

    NEV. REV. STAT. § 533.370:

    “In addition to the criteria set forth in subsections 1 and 2, in determining whether an application for an interbasin transfer of groundwater must be rejected pursuant to this section, the State Engineer shall consider… (b) If the State Engineer determines that a plan for conservation of water is advisable for the basin into which the water is to be imported, whether the applicant has demonstrated that such a plan has been adopted and is being effectively carried out;” 

    NEV. REV. STAT. § 533.370 Text
      
     
  10. Does the state require preparation of drought emergency plans by water utilities or cities on any prescribed schedule?  

    Yes. 

    NEV. REV. STAT. ANN. § 540.131(1):

    "Each supplier of water which supplies water for municipal, industrial or domestic purposes shall, on or before July 1, 1992, adopt a plan of water conservation based on the climate and the living conditions of its service area . . . ."

    NEV. REV. STAT. ANN. § 540.141(1):

    "A plan or joint plan of water conservation submitted to the Section for review must include provisions relating to: . . . (d) A contingency plan for drought conditions that ensures a supply of potable water."

    NEV. REV. STAT. ANN. § 540.131(4):

    "The plan: . . . (c) Must be updated every 5 years . . . ."

    NEV. REV. STAT. § 540.131 and § 540.141 Text

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

    Yes. 

    NEV. REV. STAT. ANN. § 540.131(1):

    "Each supplier of water which supplies water for municipal, industrial or domestic purposes shall, on or before July 1, 1992, adopt a plan of water conservation based on the climate and the living conditions of its service area . . . ."

    NEV. REV. STAT. § 540.131 and § 540.141 Text

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

    Yes. 

    NEV. REV. STAT. ANN. § 540.141(3):

    "The Section shall review any plan or joint plan submitted to it within 30 days after its submission and approve the plan if it is based on the climate and living conditions of the service area and complies with the requirements of this section." 

    NEV. REV. STAT. ANN. § 540.131(3):

    "The plan must be reviewed by the Section within 30 days after its submission and approved for compliance with this section and NRS 540.141 before it is adopted by the supplier of water."

    NEV. REV. STAT. § 540.131 and § 540.141 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)? 

    Every 5 years.

    NEV. REV. STAT. ANN. § 540.131(4):

    "The plan: . . . (c) Must be updated every 5 years . . . ."

    NEV. REV. STAT. § 540.131 and § 540.141 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?

    Yes.

    NEV. REV. STAT. ANN. § 540.141(1):

    "A plan or joint plan of water conservation submitted to the Section for review must include provisions relating to: (a) Methods of public education to: (1) Increase public awareness of the limited supply of water in this State and the need to conserve water. (2) Encourage reduction in the size of lawns and encourage the use of plants that are adapted to arid and semiarid climates. (b) Specific conservation measures required to meet the needs of the service area, including, but not limited to, any conservation measures required by law. (c) The management of water to: (1) Identify and reduce leakage in water supplies, inaccuracies in water meters and high pressure in water supplies; and (2) Where applicable, increase the reuse of effluent. . . . (e) A schedule for carrying out the plan. (f) Measures to evaluate the effectiveness of the plan. (g) For each conservation measure specified in the plan or joint plan, an estimate of the amount of water that will be conserved each year as a result of the adoption of the plan or joint plan, stated in terms of gallons of water per person per day."
     
    NEV. REV. STAT. § 540.131 and § 540.141 Text
     
  15. Does the state require water utilities to implement conservation measures, beyond just the preparation and submittal of plans? 

    Yes, but the language regarding implementation is limited.

    NEV. REV. STAT. ANN. § 540.141(1):

    "A plan or joint plan of water conservation submitted to the Section for review must include provisions relating to: . . . (e) A schedule for carrying out the plan. (f) Measures to evaluate the effectiveness of the plan."

    NEV. REV. STAT. § 540.131 and § 540.141 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?

    Yes.

    Office of Financial Assistance - Water Grants Program
     
  17. Does the state offer technical assistance for urban water conservation programs? 

    Yes.

    NEV. REV. STAT. ANN. § 540.051:

    "The Section shall... 7. Promote water conservation by: (a) Consulting with suppliers of water concerning: (1) Community water conservation plans; ... 8. Assist federal, state and local governments and the general public in obtaining information regarding water planning, the availability of water and issues relating to water rights."

    NEV. REV. STAT. ANN. § 540.051 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: 

NEV. REV. STAT. ANN. §116.330. Law that gives homeowners the right to install drought tolerant landscaping.