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The Water Resources Element (WRE) will address the relationship of planned growth to the area¿s water resources. It is designed to address both wastewater generated by consumption and drinking-water supply. The creation of a WRE will assure that the comprehensive plan fully integrates water-resource issues and potential solutions into its overall planning mission.
The WRE will show how water supplies, wastewater, and storm water runoff will be managed with regard to existing and future water resources and their limitations. That these planning practices ensure comprehensive plans are realistic and environmentally sustainable will be instrumental in providing a sound foundation to implement Smart Growth practices throughout the state.
The purposes of the Water Resources Plan are:
The water resources element of the comprehensive plan should answer the following questions for a county or municipality: