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Forms for Water Withdrawal Permit Applications

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.

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.

To approve any such application, the Department must determine that the proposed well or wells will adequately meet the needs of the applicant without adversely affecting others who may rely on the same aquifer. The requirements have been designed to produce accurate and complete information vital to these determinations. Pumping tests must be conducted according to the Department's Pumping Test Procedures for Water Withdrawal Permitting.

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


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