TLW WATER CONSERVATION SCORECARD:

GLOSSARY, DATA SOURCES & OTHER SOURCES

 


 

GLOSSARY

 

Annual Report (AR)

Best Management Practices (BMPs)

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)

 

DATA SOURCES

 

Water Conservation Plan, Annual Report, and Water Audit Report data were obtained from Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) staff.

 

Water Rate data was obtained from the Texas Municipal League (TML), Utility website, and communication with utility staff.

 

DEFINITION OF REQUIRED SUBMITTALS

Definitions from the Texas Water Development Board

 

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.

 

Water Audit Report (WAR): 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.

 

DEFINITION OF TERMS

 

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.

Definition from the Texas Water Development Board

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

 

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.

Definition from the Texas Water Development Board

http://www.twdb.texas.gov/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.

Definition from The University of North Carolina Environmental Finance Center http://www.efc.sog.unc.edu/

 

AGENCIES AND ASSOCIATIONS

 

The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) is a state agency that provides water planning, data collection and dissemination, financial assistance and technical assistance services to the citizens of Texas. 

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

 

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is the environmental agency for the state. The TCEQ implements a broad range of air, water, and waste regulatory and compliance activities.

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

 

The Texas Municipal League (TML) is a non-profit association which exists solely to provide services to Texas cities through legislative, legal and educational efforts.

http://www.tml.org/