In 2004, the West Virginia legislature passed the Water Resources Protection Act. The purpose of the act was to
gather Water Use information on the quantity and use of state surface and groundwater resources. In 2008, the
act was amended and renamed the Water Resources Protection and Management
Act. The amended act required the
development of a water resources management plan for the state by 2013. A Water Resources Management Plan for the
State was adopted in March of 2014 and can be downloaded from WVWaterPlan. Progress reports to the Joint Legislative
Oversight Commission on State Water Resources are required each November.
2016 - Large Quantity User Updates
Effective January 1, 2015, the minimum reporting threshold has been lowered to 300,000 gallons withdrawn from surface
or groundwater sources in any 30-day period. Annual reporting must include monthly water withdrawal as mandated
under the Water Resources Protection Act. The LQU reporting method has changed from paper forms to digital format.
Large quantity users are now required to submit their annual water usage in the WVDEP's Electronic Submission
If you are a large quantity user and are required to complete an annual user certification, please click here
additional information and instructions.