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RULE §363.1302Definition of Terms

The following words and terms, when used in this subchapter, shall have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise.

  (1) Agricultural water conservation--Those practices, techniques or technologies used in agriculture, as defined in Texas Agriculture Code, which will improve the efficiency of the use of water and further water conservation in the state, including but not limited to those programs or projects defined in Texas Water Code §§17.871 - 17.912.

  (2) Agricultural irrigation project--Those projects which improve water delivery or application efficiency on agricultural lands, or involve purchase and installation on agricultural public or private property of new water sources, new irrigation systems, or devices designed to indicate the amount of water withdrawn for agricultural irrigation purposes.

  (3) Alternate facility--A construction project that would be necessary to serve the excess capacity of the area to be served by the facility in the event that the facility was not initially constructed to meet the excess capacity.

  (4) Commission--The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality or its successor.

  (5) Entity--A political subdivision or nonprofit water supply or sewer service corporation.

  (6) Excess capacity--The difference between the foreseeable needs of the area to be served by the useful life of the facility and the existing needs for the area to be served by the facility.

  (7) Executive administrator--The executive administrator of the board or a designated representative.

  (8) Existing needs--Maximum capacity necessary for service to the area receiving service from the facility for current population and including the service necessary to serve the estimated population in the area ten years from the date of the application.

  (9) Facility--A regional facility for which an application has been submitted requesting board participation and that includes sufficient capacity to serve the existing needs of the applicant and excess capacity.

  (10) Historically Underutilized Business--The meaning assigned by Government Code §2161.001, and the regulations adopted pursuant thereto.

  (11) Household Cost Factor--The average annual cost of service per household divided by the median household income.

  (12) Nonprofit water supply or sewer service corporation--A water or sewer service corporation operating under Texas Water Code, Chapter 67.

  (13) Political subdivision--Includes a city, county, district or authority created under the Texas Constitution Article III, Section 52, or Article XVI, Section 59, any other political subdivision of the state, any interstate compact commission to which the state is a party, and any nonprofit water supply corporation created and operating under Texas Water Code, Chapter 67.

  (14) Reuse--The beneficial use of groundwater or surface water that has already been beneficially used.

  (15) Rural political subdivision--A nonprofit water supply or sewer service corporation, district, or municipality with a service area of 10,000 or less in population based upon the most current data available from the U.S. Bureau of the Census or board-approved projections, or that otherwise qualifies for financing from a federal agency; or a county in which no urban political subdivision exceeds 50,000 in population based upon the most current data available from the U.S. Bureau of the Census or board-approved projections.

  (16) Rural population--Residents of a rural political subdivision.

  (17) Urban population--Residents of a political subdivision with a population of more than 10,000 individuals based upon the most current data available from the U.S. Bureau of the Census or board-approved projections.

  (18) Water conservation--Those practices, techniques, programs, and technologies that will protect water resources, reduce the consumption of water, reduce the loss or waste of water, or improve the efficiency in the use of water, so that a water supply is made available for future or alternative uses.

  (19) Water plan project--A project that is a recommended water management strategy in the current board-adopted state water plan.

  (20) Water supply need--Projected water demands in excess of existing supply as identified in the state water plan.

Source Note: The provisions of this §363.1302 adopted to be effective November 26, 2014, 39 TexReg 9209

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