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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

 
  
Description
Application
Diversion Authorization
Authorizes the diversion of water and recording and reporting requirements are determined in accordance with the proposed project. Applications for diversion authorizations should be made four to six months prior to requested withdrawal initiation.
Emergency Authorization
Authorizes the withdrawal of water for emergency purposes only. Emergency authorizations can be requested by telephone or email, immediately followed by submittal of an emergency authorization application. Permittees shall record and submit water withdrawal reporting forms due by the end of the permit effective date.
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.​

Standard Permit *
Permits a withdrawal that occurs consistently or intermittently. Applications for standard permits should be made four to six months prior to requested withdrawal initiation. Permittees shall record and submit water withdrawal reporting forms due by the 15th of each month.
 
Temporary Authorization
Authorizes the withdrawal of water for a determined period of time. Applications for temporary authorizations should be made four to six months prior to requested withdrawal initiation. Permittees shall record and submit water withdrawal reporting forms due by the end of the permit effective date.
 
 
 
*If additional determinations are required to develop permit limitations, conditions, and requirements, an interim authorization may be issued. These authorizations allow withdrawals for a defined period of time prior to the issuance of a Standard Permit.