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NOTE: Until further notice, we are unable to receive hardcopy applications through postal mail or other delivery services. However, the permits are still being issued. Construction permit applications, plans, specifications, and other engineering documents submitted with electronic signatures are acceptable and original signatures are not required, until further notice.
Mail the Water Supply construction permit fees and Schedule-1c to the Wallace Building address:
Iowa DNR, Attn: WS Engineering Section, 502 E 9th St, Des Moines, IA 50319-0034.
Contact Taroon Bidar if you have questions on electronic submittal at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A public water supply construction permit must be obtained from the Iowa DNR prior to the construction or modification of any source, treatment, storage, or distribution system of a public water supply system. To obtain a construction permit, the following must be submitted to the Iowa DNR Water Supply Engineering Section: the project's plans and specifications, the applicable construction permit application schedules, and the appropriate permit fee. A fact sheet is available to assist in determining when a construction permit must be obtained: DNR Water Supply Construction Permitting Fact Sheet.
W/Wisard - Water/Wastewater Information System and Records Database
All applications for a construction permit must include the following three items:
In addition, the other forms (Schedules 2a through 16d) are required based upon the nature of the project (
e.g., water mains, well construction, chemical feed, etc.). The Water Supply Service Agreement form is required for all projects where the applicant is someone other than the supplier of the water.
Once the project is completed, the Notification of Completion of Construction form or postcard that is supplied with the permit must be submitted to indicate the project was completed in accordance with the approved plans and specifications.
The construction permit application forms and schedules are shown in the following table, in both .doc and .pdf format.
Water Supply Service Agreement
Schedule 1a, General Information
Schedule 1b, Minor Water Main Construction Permit
Schedule 1c, Fee Calculation
Schedule 2a, Water Mains - General
Schedule 2b, Water Mains - Specifications
Schedule 2c, Notification of Minor Water Main Construction
Schedule 3a, Water System's Preliminary Data
Schedule 3b, Source Information
Schedule 3c, Water Quality Data
Schedule 4, Site Approval
Schedule 5a, Well Construction
Schedule 5b, Well Appurtenances
Schedule 5c, Well Profile
Schedule 5d, Surface Water Supply
Schedule 7, Schematic Flow Diagram
Schedule 8, Aeration
Schedule 9, Clarification
Schedule 10, Suspended Solids Contact
Schedule 11, Ion Exchange
Schedule 12, Filters
Schedule 13a, Chemical Addition
Schedule 13b, Dry Chemical Addition
Schedule 13c, Gas Chlorination
Schedule 13d, Fluoridation
Schedule 13e, Sampling and Testing
Schedule 14, Pumping Station
Schedule 15, Process Water Storage Facilities
Schedule 16a, Wastewater General
Schedule 16b, Waste Treatment Ponds
Schedule 16c, Filtration and Mechanical
Schedule 16d, Discharge to Sewer
Notification of Completion of Construction
Petition for Waiver
The reference document that contains a defined procedure and checklist which can be used to help understand and meet the compliance requirements for the installation of public water supply test and observation wells is available. This procedure and checklist is entitled the Test well and observation well guidance and procedures for drilling projects related to public water supplies.
This document provides guidance on constructing water mains in areas of leaking underground storage tank (LUST) sites: Lust sites and water main construction guidance.
This document contains a visual of the minor water main construction permitting process: Minor water main permitting process schematic.
This fact sheet explains the emergency well construction permitting process: Emergency well construction fact sheet.
This document lists the requirements for analytical testing of new wells: New well testing.
Further information on Iowa's drinking water state revolving loan fund is available on the Iowa DWSRF webpage, including the water supply construction manual.