GLOSSARY

 

 

Best Management Practices (BMPs)

Conservation Pricing Signal

Gallons per Capita per Day (GPCD)

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)

Texas Municipal League (TML)

Texas Water Development Board (TWDB)

Water Audit Report (WAR)

Water Conservation Plan (WCP)

Water Conservation Plan Annual Report (AR)

 

 

Best Management Practices (BMPs)

BMPs are a menu of options for which entities within a water use sector can choose to implement in order to achieve benchmarks and goals through water conservation. Best management practices are voluntary efficiency measures that are intended to save a quantifiable amount of water, either directly or indirectly, and can be implemented within a specified timeframe. Additional information from the Texas Water Development Board:

http://www.twdb.texas.gov/conservation/BMPs/index.asp

 

Conservation Pricing Signal

A rate structure designed and priced in a way that would significantly increase a customer's water bill when he or she uses more (discretionary) water and conversely offers a significant decrease in the bill when the customer conserves. Additional information from the University of North Carolina Environmental Finance Center:

http://www.efc.sog.unc.edu/

 

Gallons per Capita per Day (GPCD)

GPCD is the Net Use, divided by a Population Estimate, divided by 365 days. Net Use is defined as the volume of water taken into the system or systems of a city, minus water sales to other water systems and large industrial facilities. Additional information from the Texas Water Development Board: http://www.twdb.texas.gov/index.asp

 

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)

The environmental agency for the state. The TCEQ implements a broad range of air, water, and waste regulatory and compliance activities. Additional information:

http://www.tceq.state.tx.us/

 

Texas Municipal League (TML)

A non-profit association which exists solely to provide services to Texas cities through legislative, legal and educational efforts. Additional information:

http://www.tml.org/

 

Texas Water Development Board (TWDB)

A state agency that provides water planning, data collection and dissemination, financial assistance and technical assistance services to the citizens of Texas. Additional information:

http://www.twdb.texas.gov/about/index.asp

 

Water Audit Report (WAR) / Water Loss Audit (WLA)

The purpose of a Water Loss Audit is to provide utilities with a standardized approach to auditing water loss with a reliable means to analyze their water loss performance. Completing the Water Loss Audit will help a utility understand where and how much water is being lost from the distribution system and will provide a baseline to track and improve water loss control. All retail public water systems with more than 3,300 connections or a financial obligation to TWDB are required to complete and submit a Water Loss Audit annually. All other retail public water suppliers are required to submit a Water Loss Audit to the agency every five years. The next five-year deadline to submit an audit is for the 2020 reporting year, due May 1st, 2021.

 

Water Conservation Plan (WCP)

The purpose of a Water Conservation Plan is to ensure water use efficiency within a water utility's operation. The Water Conservation Plan is a strategy or combination of strategies for reducing the consumption of water, reducing the loss or waste of water, improving or maintaining the efficiency in the use of water, or increasing recycling and reuse of water.

 

Water Conservation Plan Annual Report (Annual Report or AR)

The purpose of an Annual Report is to evaluate a utility's progress of program implementation for the water conservation plan. The effectiveness of the water conservation plan is in the implementation of the water conservation program. Reviewing the program annually helps to evaluate program successes and needs.