Washington State Water Use Efficiency: WUE
NEW: Supreme Court Decides Fate of Municipal Water Law - Washington state Supreme Court decision of 10-28-10 affirms the constitutionality of the Municipal Water Law (MWL).
About WUE in the State of Washington:
Water is a precious, limited resource. In the Pacific Northwest, water for our growing population competes with other users that often depend on the same water source. Other uses can include agriculture, industry, recreation and maintaining an adequate streamflow for fish. Using water efficiently is particularly important during summer months when it rains less and user demand is high.
The Water Use Efficiency (WUE) program increases awareness about how the efficient use of water strengthens the relationship between the reliability and safety of our water supplies. Using water efficiently is a "proactive approach" to protecting public health.
Water systems can help prevent potential health risks to their customers by effectively planning and implementing WUE measures, which means fewer emergencies when water supplies are scarce. Our WUE program enhances our ability to accomplish our mission to ensure safe and reliable water.
When the Washington State Legislature passed the 2003 Municipal Water Law (MWL) to reform the state's water laws, it accomplished two things:
What are the Requirements?
Washington State has one of the most comprehensive regulatory WUE programs in the nation by requiring municipal water suppliers to demonstrate their efficient use of water. Specifically, municipal water suppliers must:
What is the Purpose of the Water Use Efficiency Rule?
Water systems must have a reliable supply of water to meet current and future needs. Using water efficiently helps water systems protect against:
The WUE requirements also achieve the following:
Who is Affected by the Water Use Efficiency Rule?
Any Group A community water system that serves at least 15 residential service connections.