Vermont - 2012 State Policy Information Vermont State Flag 

Below are results for Vermont 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 Drinking Water and Ground Water Protection 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?  

    No

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

    VT. CODE R. 12.030.003.4.2.2:

    “all new Public Community and Non-Transient Non-Community water systems shall submit a long range plan (including but not limited to managerial capacity and financial capacity criteria. See Appendix B) and an Engineer's Report... This plan and report must be approved by the Secretary and a determination made that the system has demonstrated capacity… prior to issuance of a construction permit.”

    VT. CODE R. 12.030.003, app.B:

    “The Long Range Plan required in Sections 4.2.2 and 5.5(e) of this Rule shall include the following elements where applicable… Development of a water conservation plan that, at a minimum, addresses the following: (a) evaluation of system water use efficiency, including evaluation of extent of unaccounted-for water, water accounting, and loss control; (b) universal metering; (c) a water rate system to promote water conservation; (d) public education and information on water conservation; (e) opportunities for water recycling or reuse by large commercial and industrial water users; and (f) promoting the installation of water saving fixtures and devices in new and existing residences and facilities.” 

    VT. CODE R. 12.030.003 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 systems and only upon application for a construction permit--not an operating permit. 

    VT. CODE R. 12.030.003.4.2.2:

    "[A]ll new Public Community and Non-Transient Non-Community water systems shall submit a long range plan . . . . This plan and report must be approved by the Secretary . . . . prior to issuance of a construction permit."

    VT. CODE R. 12.030.003, app.B:

    "The Long Range Plan required in Subsections 4.2.2 and 5.5(e) of this Rule shall include the following elements where applicable: . . . . 6. Water Conservation Planning."

    VT. CODE R. 12.030.003 Text

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

    Yes, as part of reviewing the permit application. 

    VT. CODE R. 12.030.003.4.2.2:

    "[A]ll new Public Community and Non-Transient Non-Community water systems shall submit a long range plan . . . . This plan and report must be approved by the Secretary . . . prior to issuance of a construction permit." 

    VT. CODE R. 12.030.003 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)? 

    At time of permit application.

  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, but it's not very robust. 

    VT. CODE R. 12.030.003, app.B:

    "The Long Range Plan required in Subsections 4.2.2 and 5.5(e) of this Rule shall include the following elements where applicable: . . . . 6. Water Conservation Planning. Development of a water conservation plan that, at a minimum, addresses the following: (a) evaluation of system water use efficiency, including evaluation of extent of unaccounted-for water, water ac-counting, and loss control; (b) universal metering; (c) a water rate system to promote water conservation; (d) public education and information on water conservation; (e) opportunities for water recycling or reuse by large commercial and industrial water users; and (f) promoting the installation of water saving fixtures and devices in new and existing residences and facilities."

    VT. CODE R. 12.030.003 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?

    The state's principal energy efficiency program, Efficiency Vermont, offers several rebate programs that include financial incentives for water savings appliances and equipment, such as clothes washers and dishwashers.
     
  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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