New Approaches to Water Utility Planning

by Alan K. Rowe, Program Mgr.; Technical Services Unit, Water Supply and Waste Section, Mail Stop LD-11, Washington State Dept. of Social and Health Services, Olympia, Wash. 98504,
Daniel K. Sander, (A.M.ASCE), Dist. Engr.; Water Supply and Waste Section, Washington State Dept. of Social and Health Services, West 924 Sinto Avenue, L32-4, Spokane, Wash. 99201,

Serial Information: Journal of the Water Resources Planning and Management Division, 1981, Vol. 107, Issue 1, Pg. 139-148

Document Type: Journal Paper


Washington state has two recent laws aimed at facilitating water utilities' predictions of future service and assuring them that they will be able to implement their plans. The Water Resources Act of 1971 provides a system for setting aside sufficient water supply for future domestic needs. Water is reserved by region rather than by system, thereby allowing for a comprehensive look at available resources and mandating intersystem cooperation. The Public Water System Coordination Act of 1977 provides a step-by-step process for water utilities and local government to coordinate utility growth with local development poicies. Key concepts include the indentification of utility service areas and the establishment of regional design standards.

Subject Headings: Water resources | Water supply systems | Team building | Local government | Standards and codes | Building design | Washington | United States

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