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Art. 15, Title 15, Environmental Conservation Law
Implementing Regulations 6NYCRR, Part 601

Conserve and Develop for Beneficial Uses

"To conserve and develop the waters of the state for all beneficial uses for the public" is the stated public policy of the State of New York. The state' s waters must satisfy domestic, municipal, agricultural, commercial, industrial, power and recreational needs and other beneficial public purposes. The legislature has adopted programs to protect our water resources and regulate their use to ensure that our water resources remain adequate to meet these present and future needs.

Water Supply Law Revision

Revisions to Environmental Conservation Law (ECL) Article 15, Title 15 became effective February 15, 2012. Revisions of 6 NYCRR Part 601 regulations became effective on April 1, 2013.

Previously, the law applied only to public water supplies. Under the new provisions of Article 15, water withdrawl permits are required for ANY type of withdrawal with a designed capacity of 100,000 gallons per day or more. For more information, refer to the new Water Resources Law and the amendments to 6 NYCRR Part 601 (link leaves DEC website.)

Details regarding this new program are found on the Water Withdrawal Program webpages.

NOTE: New potable water supply wells may require approval from the Department of Health or other regulatory agencies.

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