Annual Water Withdrawal Reporting
Any water withdrawal system (with some exemptions) with the capacity to withdraw 100,000 gallons per day or more must report amounts withdrawn to DEC annually. The "capacity" is determined by maximum potential withdrawal of the water source(s), not by the typical or actual withdrawal. For public water supplies the capacity includes redundant wells.
Agricultural facilities follow different water withdrawal reporting and permitting procedures. Please review those pages for complete information.
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Water withdrawals must be reported annually by completing the Water Withdrawal Reporting Form (PDF 1.4 MB). Please note that this form does not work with "Chrome" internet browser. If your facility sells water to users outside of your water district or facility, complete the portion of that form titled Outside Sales To Other Water Systems Or Facilities. Please submit the form via email. Alternatively you may fill out, print, and mail or fax the form. If you are having difficulty reading or submitting the form via email please download a newer version of Adobe Reader. A link to a free download can be found in the right hand column of this webpage under "Links Leaving DEC's Website".
Current Reporting Requirements
Required information on the forms includes:
- The water source, the location of the water source and the source capacity;
- The amount of water withdrawn for the calendar year including the average and peak withdrawals;
- A description of the use of the water withdrawn;
- The estimated amounts of water returned, if any, the locations of such returns, and the method of such returns;
- The actual or estimated average monthly and annual volumes and rates of water lost or consumptively used from the withdrawal;
- The water conservation and efficiency measures undertaken during the reporting period; and
- Any water user that purchased water from your facility during the previous year.
Water Use Reporting Exemptions
The following water withdrawals are exempt from annual reporting requirements:
- Closed loop, standing column, or similar non-extractive geothermal systems;
- Withdrawals subject to permits pursuant to ECL section 15-1527 and Part 602 of 6 NYCRR for Long Island water wells;
- On-site water withdrawal systems for approved inactive hazardous waste remedial site programs conducted pursuant to state or federal court order or state or federal government agency agreement or order;
- Withdrawals used for fire suppression or other public emergency purposes;
- Direct withdrawals from the Atlantic Ocean or Long Island Sound;
- Water withdrawals to supply ballast water necessary for lawful and normal vessel activity;
- Water withdrawals directly related to routine maintenance and emergency repairs of dams;
- Reclaimed wastewater withdrawn for reuse; and
- Temporary water withdrawals for the purposes of construction, dewatering, hydrostatic testing, or aquifer testing, where the volume withdrawn is less than an average of 100,000 gallons per day in any consecutive thirty-day consecutive period (3 million gallons during a 30 day period).
Decision Tree For Determining Need to Report Annually
The following tree will help you determine whether you must annually report water withdrawals to DEC. Review the paragraph above to determine if your facility is exempt from the reporting requirements.