What Is Water Use Efficiency (WUE)? Click the link to find out!
Sun Cove does not have unlimited water rights, but the rights it does have are above average (119.26 million gallons a year).
Members' likely customer annual usage limit is calculated to be 223,056 gallons per property. For more information on how exactly this number is generated, click HERE.
The responsibilities of the Water Manager, and of Sun Cove as a purveyor, in regards to leaks on personal properties can be found HERE.
Sun Cove Water Tower
HOW MUCH WATER DO YOU USE?
Since the installation of radio-read meters, the Water Manager and staff no longer have to enter each vault in order to manually read the meters, making for a much more efficient process. Curious about how much water you use at your Sun Cove Property?
UNDERSTANDING WATER-USE EFFICIENCY
The Association does not currently charge its members for any water overage. However, if the current usage trend continues, Sun Cove will eventually reach its cap on water rights, at which point measures must be taken to ensure compliance with the law. (CLICK HERE to see the Minutes regarding this.) The Water Manager is tasked with monitoring and, to the best of his ability, mitigating "leak loss," or the amount of water lost to burst pipes, stuck toilet flappers, broken valves, etc., and takes meter reads at the beginning of each month--and incidentally, as he sees fit--in order to get an accurate look at how Sun Cove's water system is performing.
WASHINGTON STATE DEPT. OF HEALTH WUE EXCERPT:
In 2003, the Washington State Legislature passed Engrossed Second Substitute House Bill 1338, better known as the Municipal Water Law, to address the increasing demand on our state’s water resources. The law established that all municipal water suppliers must use water more efficiently in exchange for water right certainty and flexibility to help them meet future demand. Creating a regulatory WUE program is intended to achieve a consistently high level of stewardship among all municipal water suppliers.
Pressure on our state’s water resources comes from many sources, including population growth, instream flows, and business needs. As the potential for developing new sources of water within the state diminishes, the efficient use of water is necessary to meet future demand.
Water efficiency is a “proactive approach” to protecting public health.
Droughts, climate change, growth demands, and fewer granted water rights all signal the possibility of future long-term water disruptions and temporary interruptions during peak demand due to declining water supplies. The WUE program requires water systems to pay attention to their usage patterns by reporting annually and managing water loss.
Pressure on the state’s limited water supplies is steadily increasing. Water systems using their water efficiently allow growth in their communities and water for other environmental uses. The efficient use of water helps ensure reliable water supplies are available for your customers.
For most water systems, conserved water can be the least costly source for new supply. Water system managers have to balance operation and growth costs with customer revenue when making decisions on the future of their water system. The WUE requirements involve the customers and the public in the decision-making process through the goal setting public forum. This input helps water system owners and managers make smart choices about how to use water efficiently.