New York - 2012 State Policy Information New York State Flag  

Below are results for New York 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?

    Division of Water (DEC)

    NYS Environmental Facilities Corporation

    Department of Environmental Protection

  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?  

    N.Y. ENVTL. CONSERV. LAW § 15-1503:

    “The application shall also contain, in accordance with local water resource needs and conditions, a description of the applicant's near term and long range water conservation program, including implementation and enforcement procedures, effectiveness to date and any planned modifications for the future. Such program may include but shall not be limited to: a. the identification of and cost effectiveness of distribution system rehabilitation to correct sources of lost water...”

    N.Y. ENVTL. CONSERV. LAW § 15-1503 Text

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

    N.Y. ENVTL. CONSERV. LAW § 15-1503:

    “The application shall also contain, in accordance with local water resource needs and conditions, a description of the applicant's near term and long range water conservation program, including implementation and enforcement procedures, effectiveness to date and any planned modifications for the future. Such program may include but shall not be limited to: a. the identification of and cost effectiveness of distribution system rehabilitation to correct sources of lost water; b. measures which encourage proper maintenance and water conservation; c. a public information program to promote water conservation, including industrial and commercial recycling and reuse; d. household conservation measures; and e. contingency measures for limiting water use during seasonal or drought shortages… In making its decision to grant or deny a permit or to grant a permit with conditions, the department shall determine whether… the applicant has developed and implemented a water conservation program in accordance with local water resource needs and conditions.” 

    N.Y. ENVTL. CONSERV. LAW § 15-1503 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, but only for new or expanded permits.

    N.Y. ENVTL. CONSERV. LAW § 15-1503(1):

    "A permit application or request for a permit renewal or modification shall . . . contain all information requested by the department relative to the withdrawal, use and discharge of water, including: . . . f. a description of the applicant's proposed near term and long range water conservation program that incorporates environmentally sound and economically feasible water conservation measures, including implementation and enforcement procedures, effectiveness to date and any planned modifications for the future. For a public water supply system, the water conservation program may include but need not be limited to: i. the identification of and cost effectiveness of distribution system rehabilitation to correct sources of lost water; ii. measures which encourage proper maintenance and water conservation; iii. a public information program to promote water conservation, including industrial and commercial recycling and reuse; iv. household conservation measures . . . ."

    N.Y. ENVTL. CONSERV. LAW § 15-1503 Text

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

    As part of the permit review process, but the approval and conditioning language leaves a lot of discretion to the department. 

    N.Y. ENVTL. CONSERV. LAW § 15-1503(2):

    "In making its decision to grant or deny a permit or to grant a permit with conditions, the department shall determine whether . . . g. the proposed water withdrawal will be implemented in a manner that incorporates environmentally sound and economically feasible water conservation measures."

    N.Y. ENVTL. CONSERV. LAW § 15-1503(4):

    "The department may grant or deny a permit or grant a permit with such conditions as may be necessary to provide satisfactory compliance by the applicant with the matters subject to department determination pursuant to subdivision 2 of this section . . . ."

    N.Y. ENVTL. CONSERV. LAW § 15-1503 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)? 

    Permits are valid for 10 years.

    N.Y. ENVTL. CONSERV. LAW § 15-1503(6):

    "A new permit for a water withdrawal system and any subsequent renewal thereof shall be valid for a period of time not to exceed ten years from the date of issuance."

    N.Y. ENVTL. CONSERV. LAW § 15-1503 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?

    For permit applications.

    N.Y. ENVTL. CONSERV. LAW § 15-1503(3):

    "In order to assist the development of local water conservation programs for public water supply systems, the department shall continue to publish and distribute a water conservation manual that includes beneficial near term and long range water conservation procedures which reflect local water resource needs and conditions. Such manual shall include examples of: a. methods of identifying and determining the cost effectiveness of distribution system rehabilitation to correct sources of lost water; b. measures which encourage proper maintenance and water conservation; c. a public information program to promote water conservation, including industrial and commercial recycling and reuse; d. household conservation measures; and e. contingency measures for limiting water use during seasonal or drought shortages."

    N.Y. ENVTL. CONSERV. LAW § 15-1503 Text
     
     
  15. Does the state require water utilities to implement conservation measures, beyond just the preparation and submittal of plans? 

    Yes; a permit application must include procedures for implementation and enforcement, and the reviewing department must assess whether the measures will be implemented in approving a permit. 

    N.Y. ENVTL. CONSERV. LAW § 15-1503(1):

    "A permit application or request for a permit renewal or modification shall . . . contain all information requested by the department relative to the withdrawal, use and discharge of water, including: . . . f. a description of the applicant's proposed near term and long range water conservation program that incorporates environmentally sound and economically feasible water conservation measures, including implementation and enforcement procedures."  

    N.Y. ENVTL. CONSERV. LAW § 15-1503(2):

    "In making its decision to grant or deny a permit or to grant a permit with conditions, the department shall determine whether:. . . g. the proposed water withdrawal will be implemented in a manner that incorporates environmentally sound and economically feasible water conservation measures . . . ."

    N.Y. ENVTL. CONSERV. LAW § 15-1503 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?

    New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) had an appliance rebate program.  It will soon expire, if it has not already.  Clothes washers were eligible for a rebate.
     
  17. Does the state offer technical assistance for urban water conservation programs? 

    Yes, through the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).
     
  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: 

Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Water Conservation Manual