Need to Register a Large Quantity Withdrawal?

Registration of all large quantity water withdrawals is required in the State of Michigan.  Large quantity withdrawals are defined as having the capacity to withdraw 100,000 gallons per day or more.  That equates to a pump capacity of 70 gallons per minute or more combined total for all pumps on the property.

Owners of prospective new or increased large quantity withdrawals are required to register with the DEQ prior to beginning a withdrawal by using the online Water Withdrawal Assessment Tool.  The Water Withdrawal Assessment Tool is a screening system that predicts whether a large quantity withdrawal is likely to cause an adverse resource impact to nearby streams or rivers.  If the withdrawal passes the Water Withdrawal Assessment Tool screening system, it can be registered immediately and the registration receipt is DEQ authorization to make the withdrawal.  If the proposed withdrawal doesn't pass the Water Withdrawal Assessment Tool, a site-specific review can be requested to pursue registration with the DEQ.

The property owner also has the option to submit an alternative analysis instead of a DEQ site-specific review.

Owners proposing new or increased withdrawals greater than 2,000,000 gallons per day must apply for a water withdrawal permit.  Click this link for the water withdrawal permit application.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact anyone in the Water Use Program.