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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 9. Environment
Agency 25. State Water Control Board
Chapter 780. Local and Regional Water Supply Planning
1/19/2020

9VAC25-780-130. Statement of Need and Alternatives.

A. A water plan shall determine the adequacy of existing water sources to meet current and projected demand by preparing a clear statement of need that is derived from an evaluation of the information required by 9VAC25-780-70 through 9VAC25-780-110. The statement of need shall contain, at a minimum, a determination of whether the existing source(s) is adequate to meet current and projected demands.

B. If the determination is that the existing source is inadequate to meet projected demands during the planning period, the program shall include an alternative analysis of potential sources that includes the following information:

1. A description of potential water savings from water demand management actions including an estimated volume for each action;

2. A description of potential sources for new supplies including an estimated volume from each source; and

3. A description of potential resource issues or impacts, identified in accordance with 9VAC25-780-140 G, known for each potential new source that any future water project will need to consider in its development.

C. Potential alternatives considered shall include water demand management alternatives as well as more traditional means of increasing supply, i.e., wells, reservoirs, impoundments and stream intakes. Where appropriate, the program shall consider nontraditional means of increasing supplies such as interconnection, desalination, recycling and reuse. The analysis of potential alternatives may include a combination of short-term and long-term alternatives. The result of this analysis shall be provided as part of the submission required by 9VAC25-780-50 C 7.

Statutory Authority

§§ 62.1-44.15 and 62.1-44.38:1 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Volume 22, Issue 02, eff. November 2, 2005.

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