Unless a different meaning is required by the context, the following terms, as used in this chapter, shall have the following meanings:
"Beneficial use" means both instream and offstream uses. Instream beneficial uses include but are not limited to protection of fish and wildlife habitat, maintenance of waste assimilation, recreation, navigation, and cultural and aesthetic values. Offstream beneficial uses include but are not limited to domestic (including public water supply), agricultural, electric power generation, commercial, and industrial uses. Domestic and other existing beneficial uses shall be considered the highest priority beneficial uses.
"Board" means the State Water Control Board.
"Existing beneficial consumptive user" means a person who is currently withdrawing water from a stream for a beneficial use and not returning that water to the stream near the point from which it was taken.
"Investor-owned water company" means a water supplier owned by private investors which operates independently of the local government and is regulated by the Department of Health.
"Nonconsumptive use" means the use of water withdrawn from a stream in such a manner that it is returned to the stream without substantial diminution in quantity at or near the point from which it was taken and would not result in or exacerbate low flow conditions.
"Public hearing" means a fact-finding proceeding held to afford interested persons an opportunity to submit factual data, views, and arguments to the board.
"Serious harm" means man induced reduction to the flow of a surface water resource that results in impairment of one or more beneficial uses.
"Surface water" means any water in the Commonwealth, except groundwater as defined in § 62.1-255 of the Code of Virginia.
"Surface water management area" means a geographically defined surface water area in which the board deemed the levels or supply of surface water to be potentially adverse to public welfare, health, and safety.
"Surface water withdrawal certificate" means a document issued by the board as found in subsection D of § 62.1-243 of the Code of Virginia.
"Surface water withdrawal permit" means a document issued by the board evidencing the right to withdraw surface water.
"Water conservation program" means a program incorporating measures or practices which will result in the alteration of water uses resulting in reduction of water losses as contemplated by subsection B of § 62.1-243 of the Code of Virginia.
"Water management program" means a program incorporating measures or practices which will result in the alteration of water uses resulting in reduction of water losses as contemplated by subsection C of § 62.1-243 of the Code of Virginia.
§ 62.1-249 of the Code of Virginia.
Derived from VR680-15-03 § 1.1, eff. June 3, 1992; amended, Virginia Register Volume 32, Issue 10, eff. February 25, 2016.