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The authority for regulating water allocation arises from the State's mission to protect public health and welfare. The use of water by one person can affect other nearby water users and the general public.
All waters, both surface and groundwater, are "public waters and public wealth" of Iowa citizens. Iowa statute provides an allocation system based on the concept of "beneficial use." The key points are:
Iowa's water allocation program attempts to sort through various competing uses, through use of the following.
WACOP - Water Use Application
A video which covers procedures for renewing the water use permit and explains the various parts of the renewal form will be available late Fall 2022.
Updated videos coming late Fall 2022.
Michael K. Anderson, P.E., Senior Environmental Engineer
Fax Number: 515-725-8202Mailing Address:Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Water Supply Engineering Section
Wallace State Office Building
502 E. 9th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319-0034
Water Use Permits are issued to convey the "right" to use the water if the use can be shown to be "beneficial." A Water Use Permit is required of any person or entity that withdraws at least 25,000 gallons in a 24-hour period during any calendar year. The permit lists the amount of water allowed to be withdrawn each year by the permittee, and is valid for 10 years. The Water Use Permit also requires that a Water Use Report be submitted each year to the Iowa DNR. Water Use Permits are typically issued to public water supply systems, industries, agricultural business, irrigation (both agricultural and golf courses), recreational areas, gravel quarry dewatering, etc.
A Registration of a Minor Non-Recurring Use of water is required for projects where at least 25,000 gallons of water is used in a 24-hour period but which are of no more than a one-year duration, such as well drilling, highway construction activities, etc.
A water storage permit may be needed for an impoundment behind a dam. Please see the Iowa DNR Dam Safety Program for more information.
The following applications and forms are associated with a Water Use Permit.There are two types of fees for Water Use Permits, which are used to support the program's efforts: 1. an application fee and 2. an annual fee.
Examples of water use conflicts include the following:
These types of conflicts may be exacerbated by dry conditions. The technical term used in Iowa for dry conditions or drought is "triggering event," as defined in the Iowa Administrative Code (IAC) 567-subrule 52.10(2). The Department has the authority to implement priority allocation restrictions if a triggering even has occurred. The specifics of allocation restrictions are described in IAC 567-subrules 52.10(1) and (3), and were adopted following the 1985 Iowa Water Plan.
Copies of the Well Interference Procedures/Compensation Guidance are available by contacting Michael Anderson at 515-725-0336 or Michael.Anderson@dnr.iowa.gov.
Water quantity – how much water Iowa has available – continues to change and the tracking and management of water quantity is important. We must continually plan for the long-term water needs in the state.
The pattern of demand on water supplies has changed. Updated planning is needed to avoid water shortages, crises, and conflicts between water users in the future. The key is to update the plan regularly to account for new water uses as they emerge and changes in our knowledge of the resource.
Water Wise is a 64-page handbook on water conservation and efficiency measures, prepared by the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities to promote water efficiency planning and capacity development by Iowa's water and wastewater utilities. The Water Wise Calculator is a spreadsheet for use with the handbook, to assist a system in developing its water conservation plan.