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									Washington State Department of Health   Division of Environmental Health   Office of Drinking Water




             Washington’s Water Use Efficiency Rule
             The Wonder Years
             Lessons Learned

                                                            Mike Dexel
                                                        Water Resources
                                                          Policy Lead
Washington State Department of Health    Division of Environmental Health     Office of Drinking Water




         Mission
         To protect the health
           of the people of
          Washington State
           by ensuring safe
             and reliable
            drinking water.




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         Getting Started (2007-08)
          WUE Guidebook
          Over 30 statewide
           trainings
          AWWA
           presentations



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         National Spotlight
          Washington State continues to be a
           leader in water efficiency.
          “Water conservation is a community
           partnership at its best and you are
           leading the country.” –Saving Water Partnership

          The Department of Health (DOH) is
           more than a regulatory agency—it’s
           also a partner.
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         New Publications in 2008
          Reduce Leaks: Using water audits and
           leak detection surveys
               Ideas on how to comply with leakage
                standard
          Setting Goals to Use Water Efficiently
               Ideas on how to set goals



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         WUE Web Site
          You can post your goal setting
           meeting at this site
               Meets requirement for public notice
               Costs nothing
               Reaches entire state

              http://www.doh.wa.gov/ehp/dw/programs/wue.htm


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         Public Participation
          Low attendance
          Comments made a difference
          Anticipate more involvement
               Annual reminders/education about
                WUE programs
               Public can monitor progress
               “Green” movement

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         Promoting WaterSense
          Outreach to all Group A water
           systems (4,200 total)
          Help educate your customers
          Water Tap
          Water efficient single-family home
          July 2: Informational Web
           conference call

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         Original Goal Language
          Set goals for customers and/or water
           system
          Tanglewilde #600 Goal
           (Thurston PUD)
               “Reduce unaccounted for water to 10%
                over next six years”
               Currently at 44.5% LEAKAGE
               Would result in savings of 85 million
                gallons per year
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         Irvin Water District #6
          “Maintain 9% or less leakage for
           six-year water plan (2007-13)”
               Only goal
               Reduced leakage from 29% in 1999




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         Rule Change to Goal Setting

          Consistent with authorizing statute
          WAC 246-290-830(2):
               Water use efficiency goals must be
                designed to enhance the efficient use
                of water by the water system’s
                consumers.
          Clarified the customers role of using
           water efficiently
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         Common Misunderstandings
          -830(7) “reestablish goals every six
           years and as part of a WSP or
           SWSMP approval.”
          -830(3) “…justify that further
           reductions over current
           consumption levels are not
           reasonably achievable…”

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         Annual Performance Report
          228 systems reporting this year
          49 received so far
          Two reports due July 1
               Send our form to WUE Program
               Report to your customers (most use
                CCR)



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         The Numbers: Leakage Standard

         Median = 6.3

         Average = 9.0

         Total Volume Water Loss = 5.2 billion

         Highest = 44.5

         Lowest = -2

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         The Numbers: Goal Setting
         Supply Only = 3

         Supply and Demand = 24

         Demand Only = 14

         No Goal or Inconsistent with WUE
          Rule (waiting until plan update) = 6

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         More on Goals
          Conservative—not aggressive
               Leakage and meters focused
          “ADD” or “per capita” based goals
          Lakehaven Utility District
               Ten-year goal reduce 261 to 235 g/ERU/d
          City of West Richland
               Six-year goal reduce 495 to 455 g/ERU/d

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         Redefining Unaccounted for Water
         (UAFW)

          Leakage isn’t UAFW
               Never standardized
               Defined differently
               ALL WATER IS “ACCOUNTED FOR”


          To understand water loss use:
               Distribution system leakage
               Authorized consumption
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         Coming to Terms with “Leakage”

         City of Kennewick
                 “That’s how DOH wants us to say it”


          Orchard Ave Irrigation District
                 “20% leakage should read 11%, but not
                 allowable”



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         Authorized Consumption Includes

          Sales to customers
          Maintenance flushing
          Fire fighting
          Cleaning tanks or reservoirs
          Street cleaning
                      Unmetered uses MUST BE
                        tracked and estimated
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         Where are Those Leaks?
          Majority annual volume of leaks occur
           on customer service piping
          Filter backwash at treatment plant
          Tank overflows
          Meter inaccuracies
          Unmetered facilities (parks, city hall)
          Data transfer, math errors
          Old infrastructure
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         What About Volume?
          Percentage isn’t the whole story
               Leakage fluctuates with population,
                water efficiency savings


          Reducing water loss is the goal—
           often better told through volume



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         Water Loss Control Action Plan

          Documented effort to reduce leakage
           by implementing water loss control
           methods
          Technical or economical concerns
           that prevent compliance
          Reducing the volume of leaks is
           more important than 10% standard

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         Compliance With Leakage Standard

          Four ways to be in compliance:
                   10% or less
                   Develop and implement a water loss
                    control action plan
                   20% or less for 500 connections or
                    less




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         General Compliance Strategy
          Ranking criteria to target serious
           violators
          Focus on impact to water resource
               Water supply characteristics
               Size of system
               Severity of violation
          Director’s discretion to issue an
           Order for WUE violation
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         Next Steps for DOH
          Database for 2009 WUE reports
               Online reporting only
          Reminder letters for 2009
               Combine with CCR reminders
          Update WUE guidebook
          Example of WUE program for
           small/medium size systems
          Seek out WUE success stories
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         What Can We Do Better?
          More guidance?
          Training event?
          On-demand training?
          Better clarification on specific
           topics?
          Other ideas and suggestions?


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         For More Information
             Mike Dexel
             (360) 236-3154
             michael.dexel@doh.wa.gov

                        http://www.doh.wa.gov/ehp/dw/
                               programs/wue.htm




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                                Questions?




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