1. DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
      2. Bureau of Watershed Management
      3. Division of Water Use Planning

DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
Bureau of Watershed Management
Division of Water Use Planning
DOCUMENT NUMBER
:
392-2130-007
TITLE
:
CONSTANT GALLONS PER CAPITA PER DAY (GPCD)
EFFECTIVE DATE
:
July 13, 1987
AUTHORITY
:
Water Rights Act of June 24, 1939, P.L. 842, No. 365, as amended, 32 P.S.,
631
et seq
.
POLICY
:
For purposes of determining reasonable future needs of applicants, the
Department will apply a constant per capita rate of water use, as may be
adjusted to reflect extraordinary circumstances or improvements in
unaccounted-for water usage.
PURPOSE
:
This policy establishes a uniform basis upon which future needs of public
water supply systems will be determined in order to test against the reasonable
future needs clause of the Water Rights Act.
APPLICABILITY
:
This policy applies to all applications for surface water allocation submitted by
a public water supply agency, both for direct withdrawal of surface waters and
for purchase of surface waters from another public water supply agency.
DISCLAIMER
:
The policies and procedures outlined in this guidance document are intended to
supplement existing requirements. Nothing in the policies or procedures shall
affect regulatory requirements.
The policies and procedures herein are not an adjudication or a regulation.
There is no intent on the part of the Department to give these rules that weight
or deference. This document establishes the framework, within which DEP
will exercise its administrative discretion in the future. DEP reserves the
discretion to deviate from this policy statement if circumstances warrant.
PAGE LENGTH
:
2
LOCATION
:
Vol. 15, Tab 07
392-2130-007 / July 13, 1987 / Page i

TECHNICAL GUIDANCE:
For purposes of determining reasonable future needs of applicants, the Department will apply a constant per
capita rate of water use, as may be adjusted to reflect extraordinary circumstances or improvements in
unaccounted-for water usage.
392-2130-007 / July 13, 1987 / Page 1

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