Water Conservation Plans

<h3>Water Withdrawal and Conservation Practices</h3><p>Public Act 35 of 2006 required each water use sector to begin designing guidelines for generally accepted water management practices or environmentally sound and economically feasible water conservation measures within 12 months after the effective date of the Act. The business sectors met this requirement on February 28, 2007 (see Appendix A).

Water Withdrawal and Conservation Practices

Public Act 35 of 2006 required each water use sector to begin designing guidelines for generally accepted water management practices or environmentally sound and economically feasible water conservation measures within 12 months after the effective date of the Act. The business sectors met this requirement on February 28, 2007 (see Appendix A). Within 24 months after the effective date of the Act (on or before February 28, 2008), the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) must review and report to the appropriate standing committees of the Michigan Legislature on whether there are reasonably detailed criteria for assisting facilities in determining whether water is being used in an efficient manner. The Act allows for established statewide professional or trade associations representing a sector to adopt such guidelines as a means of showing compliance with the provisions of the Act. 

In light of the Act’s authorization of professional or trade associations to adopt such guidelines as a means of compliance, the Michigan Chamber of Commerce (Chamber) has worked with industry representatives to develop a general model guideline, which can be utilized by industrial and commercial businesses in Michigan. In addition, members from the Electric Utility, Chemical Manufacturing, Pharmaceutical Manufacturing and Research, Pulp and Paper, and the Beverage Industry sectors developed sector-specific model guidelines that can be used by water users in those sectors. These five sectors represent over 80% of water withdrawals in 2004 according to data available on the MDEQ’s “Water Use Program” website. As the program matures, additional business sectors may choose to develop sector-specific model guidelines. This collaborative approach to developing voluntary conservation guidelines on a sector-by-sector basis meets the intentions of Public Act 35 of 2006. By involving a variety of sectors in the discussion, the Chamber has facilitated the sharing of information and experience for the mutual benefit of all of the participants in the discussion.

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Overview

General Model

Electric Utilities

Chemical Manufacturing

Pharmaceutical Manufacturing & Research

Pulp and Paper

Beverage Industry

Wet Process Cement Manufacturing