WV DEP Reminds Users to Report Large Water Withdrawals

Any company or facility that withdraws 300,000 gallons of water in a 30-day period must report its total monthly water withdrawals to WV DEP each year.

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection reminded stakeholders this week that large water users have to report large water withdrawals from surface or groundwater sources. Amendments made to the Water Resources Protection and Management Act in 2014 lowered the reporting threshold, which caused more water users to have to report withdrawals, and the amended act includes a requirement that total monthly water withdrawal data be collected.

As of Jan. 1, 2015, the new reporting threshold became 300,000 gallons withdrawn from surface or groundwater sources in a 30-day period; WV DEP said the new threshold brings West Virginia in line with water withdrawal reporting requirements of most surrounding states. "Anyone withdrawing at the 300,000-gallon threshold or higher must record water use data for each month so the data can be included in the annual Large Quantity User (LQU) survey that must be submitted between January 1 and March 31 each year."

Any company or facility that withdraws 300,000 gallons of water in a 30-day period must report its total monthly water withdrawals to WV DEP each year. Actual withdrawal amounts are to be established through metering, measuring, or alternative accepted scientific methods, but metering of the withdrawal is the preferred method for determination of monthly withdrawals.

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