Oregon - 2012 State Policy Information Oregon State Flag 

Below are results for Oregon 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?

    Oregon Water Resources Department  

    Oregon Drinking Water Program (a section of the Human Resources Department)

    Building Codes Division (BCD) of the Department of Consumer and Business Services (plumbing codes)

  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.

    OAR 690-086-0150(4)(e):

    “The water conservation element [of Water Management and Conservation Plans] shall include at least the following… (e) If the annual water audit indicates that system leakage exceeds 10 percent, a regularly scheduled and systematic program to detect leaks in the transmission and distribution system using methods and technology appropriate to the size and capabilities of the municipal water supplier;” 

    OAR 690-086-0100(1):

    “Municipal water suppliers are encouraged to prepare water management and conservation plans, but are not required to do so unless a plan is prescribed by a condition of a water use permit; a permit extension; or another order or rule of the Commission.”

    OAR 690-086-0150 Text

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

    No
     
     
  10. Does the state require preparation of drought emergency plans by water utilities or cities on any prescribed schedule?  

    Yes, but only for suppliers required to submit a Water Management Conservation Plan per a permit or permit extension condition.

    OAR 690-086-0100 (2012): "(1) Municipal water suppliers are encouraged to prepare water management and conservation plans, but are not required to do so unless a plan is prescribed by a condition of a water use permit; a permit extension; or another order or rule of the Commission." 

    OAR 690-086-0125 (2012): "A water management and conservation plan submitted by a municipal water supplier shall include: . . . (3) A municipal water curtailment element as described under OAR 690-086-0160..."

    OAR 690-086-0030(10): "'Water curtailment element' means a program to accomplish a specific reduction in the amount of water used or lost within a specific time in response to an emergency or other short-term shortage." 

    OAR 690-086-0160: "The water curtailment element shall include at least the following: (1) A description of the type, frequency and magnitude of supply deficiencies within the past 10 years and current capacity limitation. The description shall include an assessment of the ability of the water supplier to maintain delivery during long-term drought or other source shortages..."   

    OAR 690-086 Text

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

    Only if it is tied to a permit condition. 

    OAR 690-086-0100 (2012): "(1) Municipal water suppliers are encouraged to prepare water management and conservation plans, but are not required to do so unless a plan is prescribed by a condition of a water use permit; a permit extension; or another order or rule of the Commission." 

    OAR 690-086 Text

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

    Yes, if a plan is required. 

    OAR  690-086-0900:

    "(1) The rules in OAR 690-086-0900 to 690-086-0920 set out the process and criteria for the Department's review, approval and enforcement of the water management and conservation plans submitted by agricultural and municipal water suppliers. The rules apply to the submittal and review of draft plans, proposed final plans, and subsequent updates. . . . (3) Notwithstanding any of the requirements of these rules, except OAR 690-086-0150(2) and 690-086-0250(2), the Department may approve a water management and conservation plan if the plan is generally consistent with the applicable criteria and includes a schedule for completion within five years of any additional work necessary to satisfy the requirements."

    OAR 690-086 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)? 

    If plans are required, every 10 years with 5 year progress reports. The Department may require updates with greater frequency than every ten years, but not less than every 5 years. 

    OAR 690-086-0125 (2012):

    "A water management and conservation plan submitted by a municipal water supplier shall include: . . . (6) A proposed date for submittal of an updated plan within no more than 10 years based on the proposed schedule for implementation of conservation measures, any relevant schedules for other community planning activities, and the rate of growth or other changes expected by the water supplier; or an explanation of why submittal of an updated plan is unnecessary and should not be required by the Department." OR. ADMIN. R. 690-086-0915(4): "For a water management and conservation plan submitted by a municipal water supplier, . . . [t]he Department's order shall include the following: . . . (b) The date on which an updated plan shall be submitted to the Department. A municipal water supplier may submit an updated plan at any time prior to the date specified if necessary to accommodate unanticipated events, but the Department shall not require submittal of an updated plan earlier than five years after issuance of the order approving the plan; and (c) A schedule for submittal of five-year progress reports on implementation of the water conservation and supply measures described in the plan."

    OAR 690-086 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, if a plan is required. 

    OAR 690-086-0150:

    "The water conservation element shall include at least the following:
    (1) A progress report on the conservation measures scheduled for implementation in a water management and conservation plan previously approved by the Department, if any;
    (2) A description of the water supplier's water use measurement and reporting program and a statement that the program complies with the measurement standards in OAR chapter 690, division 85, that a time extension or waiver has been granted, or that the standards are not applicable;
    (3) A description of other conservation measures, if any, currently implemented by the water supplier, including any measures required under water supply contracts;
    (4) A description of the specific activities, along with a schedule that establishes five-year benchmarks, for implementation of each of the following conservation measures that are required of all municipal water suppliers:
    (a) An annual water audit that includes a systematic and documented methodology for estimating any un-metered authorized and unauthorized uses;
    (b) If the system is not fully metered, a program to install meters on all un-metered water service connections. The program shall start immediately after the plan is approved and shall identify the number of meters to be installed each year with full metering completed within five years of approval of the water management and conservation plan;
    (c) A meter testing and maintenance program;
    (d) A rate structure under which customers' bills are based, at least in part, on the quantity of water metered at the service connections;
    (e) If the annual water audit indicates that system leakage exceeds 10 percent, a regularly scheduled and systematic program to detect leaks in the transmission and distribution system using methods and technology appropriate to the size and capabilities of the municipal water supplier; and
    (f) A public education program to encourage efficient water use and the use of low water use landscaping that includes regular communication of the supplier's water conservation activities and schedule to customers;
    (5) If the municipal water supplier proposes to expand or initiate diversion of water under an extended permit for which resource issues have been identified under OAR 690-086-0140(5)(i), a description of the specific activities, along with a schedule that establishes five-year benchmarks, for implementation of a system-wide leak repair or line replacement program to reduce system leakage to no more than 15 percent or sufficient information to demonstrate that system leakage currently is no more than 15 percent.
    (6) If the municipal water supplier serves a population greater than 1,000 and proposes to expand or initiate diversion of water under an extended permit for which resource issues have been identified under OAR 690-086-0140(5)(i), or if the municipal water supplier serves a population greater than 7,500, a description of the specific activities, along with a schedule that establishes five-year benchmarks, for implementation of each of the following measures; or documentation showing that implementation of the measures is neither feasible nor appropriate for ensuring the efficient use of water and the prevention Oregon Secretary of State Archives Division of waste:
    (a) A system-wide leak repair program or line replacement to reduce system leakage to 15 percent, and if the reduction of system leakage to 15 percent is found to be feasible and appropriate, to reduce system leakage to 10 percent;
    (b) Technical and financial assistance programs to encourage and aid residential, commercial and industrial customers in implementation of conservation measures;
    (c) Supplier financed retrofitting or replacement of existing inefficient water using fixtures, including distribution of residential conservation kits and rebates for customer investments in water conservation;
    (d) Adoption of rate structures, billing schedules, and other associated programs that support and encourage water conservation;
    (e) Water reuse, recycling, and non-potable water opportunities; and
    (f) Any other conservation measures identified by the water supplier that would improve water use efficiency."
      
    OAR 690-086 Text

  15. Does the state require water utilities to implement conservation measures, beyond just the preparation and submittal of plans? 

    Yes, if a plan is required. 

    OAR 690-086-0120:

    "(1) Each municipal water supplier required to submit a water management and conservation plan shall exercise diligence in implementing the approved plan and shall update and resubmit a plan consistent with the requirements of these rules as prescribed during plan approval. . . . (3) Progress reports submitted by municipal water suppliers will be used in determining whether five-year benchmarks are being met, whether the Department will authorize additional diversion of water under extended permits, and/or if schedule changes proposed in updated plans are reasonable and appropriate. (4) Progress reports submitted by municipal water suppliers shall include: (a) A list of the benchmarks established under OAR 690-086-0150 and a description of the progress of the municipal water supplier in implementing the associated conservation or other measure; . . . (c) A description of the results of the annual water audit required under OAR 690-086-0150(4)(a); and (d) A comparison of quantities of water used in each sector as identified and described in OAR 690-086-0140(6) with the quantities of water used in each sector for the previous five years. (5) Upon receipt of a progress report the Department shall give public notice in the weekly notice published by the Department and provide an opportunity for written public comment."  

    OAR 690-086-0920:

    "If the Director determines that a water supplier . . . has failed to satisfactorily implement an approved water management and conservation plan, the Director may proceed with one or more of the following actions: (1) Provide an additional, specified amount of time for remedy; (2) Initiate an evaluation of the supplier's water management practices and facilities to determine if the use of water is wasteful; (3) Initiate regulation of water use under OAR 690-250-0050 to eliminate waste; (4) Rescind a previous approval of a water management and conservation plan; and (5) If the submittal of the water management and conservation plan is required under a condition of a permit or an extension approved under OAR chapter 690, division 315 or 320, assess a civil penalty under OAR 690-260-0005 to 690-260-0110 or cancel the permit."

    OAR 690-086 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?

    The Water Conservation, Re-use and Storage Grant Program
     
  17. Does the state offer technical assistance for urban water conservation programs? 

    Yes.

    Training and support is provided under the Water Management Conservation Plan program.
     
  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: 

Water Management and Conservation Plans: A Guidebook for Oregon Municipal Water Suppliers