Water Use: Completing the Report Form, Part 1 – Iowa DNR

Water Use: Completing the Report Form, Part 1 – Iowa DNR


Hi and welcome to the Water Use Allocation
section. In this video we’re going to discuss how
to report the water you withdrew from your source. There’s a lot to discuss in this form so
we’re going to break it into two segments. All water use permit holders are required
to record their total water withdrawals for each month. The department mails out report forms each
year, either at the end of the irrigation season or at the end of the calendar year. At the end of the calendar year or at the
end of the irrigation season when you are done pumping, you will complete your report
along with any other information we require on the form, and send that back to the department
through email or regular mail. You will report by source. We define sources by the following categories:
aquifer or groundwater source. You may have one or several wells in each
of those aquifers; a stream or river source; a reservoir, lake or pond source, or a quarry
or pit. You might have a permit to withdraw water
from one source or any combination of these sources. To determine what sources you have, you need
to read your water use permit in detail. If you have multiple sources, you will receive
one sheet of paper for each source listed in your permit. For example, if you withdraw water from two
aquifers, a stream, and a lake, you would receive four pages to report on. The first page, the front page, of your water
use annual report form lists some important information regarding your permit and your
well water levels if you are a groundwater source. In the upper right hand side is your water
use permit number; in this case number 5555. That permit number is related to your entity
and your system as its own permit. On the left hand side is your address, in
this example, town. In the right hand side is the year for your
water use report, in this case it is 2016. Below that year is your source listed on the
sheet of paper. In this case, it is an aquifer source. Both Silurian and Upper Ordovician source are listed
together in this report. After the header information listed at the
top of the page is a little segment dedicated to our online application for easy reporting
of your water use permit by source. You can go to programs.iowadnr.gov/wateruse/
where you can renew your permit, enter your annual report form, pay fees, everything online. For any questions on that application, please
call 515-725-0341. If you have an aquifer source with wells,
you will need to complete the well table at the center of the page. This page can be skipped over if you have
a surface water supply like a reservoir or a stream or a quarry. The well water level information in this annual
report form has gone through some substantial changes over the past few years. In this table there are five rows for each
well information. Each well noted should be for the source given. For example, in this source we have Silurian
and Upper Ordivician. If this was a different aquifer we would have
a different page with different wells required for different water levels on that page. This works for the large majority of systems. If you happen to have more than five wells
for your system, please add additional pages or divide out the rows on each page to add
more wells. Another important note is that all water level
information given on this page should be in the datum of feet below ground surface; not
in feet above airline, inches above airline, or any other datum. This keeps all of our water levels consistent
and comparable, both through time and with one another spatially. Each well, local well name on the first column,
should be what you call the well only. So if you have a well named North and a well
named South, please indicate so on that. In this example we have a well number 2, a
well number 4, and a well number 2a. We have two different options for recording
your water level measurements. You can either record form a single instance
date measured – in this case on December 20, 2016, for well 2 and November 25, 2016, for
well 4. If you choose, you may also use an average
of your monthly values if you fill out a monthly operating report form. After your local well name there is a static
water level sheet. A static water level is a water level measured
when the well is not pumping and ideally when no other wells around that well are pumping. After you turn the pump on for a few hours
then we have the pumped water level reading. This should be higher in value than the static
water level reading because it is further below the ground surface. After the pumped water level reading, we have
the hours pumped. The time difference between when you took
the static water level measurement, turned on the pump, and when you took the pumped
water level measurement. If this is a single instance, then it will
be how much you pumped it during that one day. If it’s an average value, it would be an
average or how much you typically pump. And then the final field on the pump side
is the pumping rate in gallons per minute. Typically 300 to 1,000, whatever your pumping
value is for that day, or the pumping value is on the average for the year. And then finally the date measured, or the
average. If you have a well that is not active, please
indicate so on the well field. After the water level table on the first page,
we detail how to correctly fill in the water use portion of the form on the second page. Verify the report you are completing is for
the correct year. For example in the upper right hand column
we see the year 2016 in this report. If you are reporting historical usage, verify
that on the page with the appropriate source and the appropriate year. Record your monthly usage for each month you
pumped water. Do not record your meter reading, which is
an accumulation or total amount used from that source. Write down all trailing zeros. We cannot guess if your meter must be multiplied
by 1000 or some other factor. We give you the options to report in acre-feet
or by gallons, or by million gallons. If you withdraw no water at all, just place
a zero in the totals column for each month. Write clearly and distinctly on the second
page, otherwise we may need to discard your report and ask for it again. Please total your numbers and check your math
before sending your report.

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