Water use certification forms distributed this week


Large quantity water users will begin receiving water use certification forms in the mail this week.


A Large Quantity Water User is anyone who withdraws more than 750,000 gallons from state waters in any calendar month.  A survey conducted in 2004 and 2005 identified and registered the state’s Large Quantity Water Users, who must now certify that their water use has not changed. 


An amendment to the Water Resources Protection and Management Act in 2008 made completion of the forms mandatory. The forms must be returned to the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection by June 1.


Large Quantity Water Users must register with the WV DEP.  Any business or individual that meets the criteria but has not registered must do so by completing a registration form found on the internet at:



The Water Use Section of the webpage has more information about the requirements, as well as instructions on how to complete the form. That page can be accessed at http://www.dep.wv.gov/WWE/wateruse/Pages/default.aspx


Those with questions may also contact Wilma McKown at (304) 926-0499, extension 1280, or by e-mail:  wilma.j.mckown@wv.gov.


Kathy Cosco
304-926-0499, ext. 1331