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Forms and Tools for Water Withdrawal Permit Applications

This page contains the forms and some tools to help guide an applicant through the water withdrawal permit process.

Applications for "New Permits" are submitted to the Division of Environmental Permits in the DEC region where the facility is located. Please see DEP's web pages explaining the Water Withdrawal Permit Program to learn about application procedures. You may also speak with a permit administrator in a DEC Regional Office.

Applications and requests for more information regarding "Initial Permits" should be sent to the Initial Water Withdrawal Permits email address.

On this page:

Forms and Information for Public Water Supply Applications

Forms and Information for Water Withdrawal Applications for all other facility types

(including agricultural and water bottling facilities)

Groundwater Studies

Any water source derived from groundwater requires a pumping test conducted according to the Department's Pumping Test Procedures for Water Withdrawal Permitting.

Department regulations require that pumping test results be submitted as part of any Water Withdrawal Application involving a new or additional groundwater source. This includes existing sources that have not yet been permitted.

In reviewing any such application, the Department must determine that the proposed well or wells will adequately meet the needs of the applicant and if others who may rely on the same aquifer will be adversely affected. Pumping tests must be conducted according to the Department's Pumping Test Procedures for Water Withdrawal Permitting. The testing requirements have been designed to produce accurate and complete information vital to these determinations.

Applicants are advised to submit their pumping test plans to DEC prior to conducting a test if the proposed test procedures will deviate from these procedures in a substantive way. For more information and assistance please call (518) 402-8086.

Unused wells can introduce a pathway for contaminants to enter groundwater. Many DEC Water Withdrawal permits contain a condition to decommission such wells. Please see the Water Well Decommissioning Procedures for information.

Surface Water Studies

For Water Withdrawal applications using surface water sources the contributing watershed size must be delineated. The USGS offers a free, online Web-based Geographic Information Systems application for use in water resources planning and management, and in engineering design named StreamStats (leaves NYSDEC webpages). This application makes the process of computing streamflow statistics for ungaged sites much faster, more accurate, and more consistent than previously used manual methods. It also makes streamflow statistics for gaged sites available without the need to locate, obtain, and read the publications in which they were originally provided.

Historical and current New York streamflow information can be found independent from StreamStats at the USGS Surface Water Data page (leaves NYSDEC webpages).