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Large Quantity Withdrawal Registration

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 and includes the combined total for all pumps on the property.

Owners of prospective new or increased large quantity withdrawals are required to register with EGLE 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.   The registration receipt produced by the Water Withdrawal Assessment Tool is legal authorization from EGLE 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 of the withdrawal.  A site-specific review is a deeper investigation and analysis performed by EGLE staff that overrides the Water Withdrawal Assessment Tool and often results in a successful registration. 

The property owner also has the option to hire a consultant to submit a third-party analysis instead of a EGLE 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.