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Energy and Environment Cabinet

Division of Water

Division of Water
Water Withdrawal Permitting

The water withdrawal program governs all withdrawals of water greater than 10,000 gallons per day from any surface, spring or groundwater source, with the exception of water required for domestic purposes (needs for one household); agricultural withdrawals, including irrigation; steam-powered electrical generating plants whose retail rates are regulated by the Kentucky Public Service Commission or for which facilities a certificate of environmental compatibility from such commission is required by law; or injection underground in conjunction with operations for the production of oil and gas.

A permit to withdraw, divert or transfer water may be in the form of a standard permit or letter of s​tandard, temporary, emergency or interim authorization. To rescind a water withdrawal permit submit a Rescind Permit Form.​​

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 Classifiction of Water Withdrawal Permits

Rescind Permit Form

​This form should be submitted in order to rescind a water withdrawal permit. The form will be reviewed, and if complete an official acknowledgement letter will be issued. If further information is needed then the facility will be contacted.​

Water Withdrawal Application/Authorization and Guidance

Application for a permit or authorization proposing water withdrawals of 10,000 gallons per day or more. Applications should be made four to six months prior to proposed withdrawal initiation with the exception of emergencies.​