Tennessee - 2012 State Policy Information Tennessee State Flag 

Below are results for Tennessee 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 Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC), Water Resources Division
     
  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.

    Tenn. Code Ann. § 7-82-401(h):

    "(1) Utility districts operating public water systems shall include in their annual audit the utility district's average unaccounted for water in the manner as prescribed by the utility management review board. Failure of the utility district to include the schedule required in this section constitutes excessive water loss and the utility district shall be referred to the utility management review board. Within sixty (60) days from the time that a utility district's audit is filed with the comptroller of the treasury, the comptroller of the treasury shall file with the utility management review board the audit report of any utility district operating a water system whose unaccounted for water loss is excessive as established by rules promulgated by the utility management review board."

    Tenn. Code Ann. § 7-82-401 Text

    Tennessee Water and Wastewater Financing Board and the Utility Management Review Board Water Loss Information
     
  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?  

    No
     
  11. Does the state have a mandatory planning requirement for potable water conservation/efficiency separate from drought emergency plans?   

    No
     
  12. Does the state have the authority to approve or reject the conservation plans? 

    No
      
  13. How often does the state require the water utilities to submit a potable water conservation plan (not part of a drought emergency plan)? 

    N/A
     
  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?

    N/A
     
      
  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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