Major Water Users – Frequently Asked Questions Concerning the New Annual Water Use Reporting Forms

Water Resources Center fact sheet
04/2014
Water Resources Center Director: Ryan Mueller
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Why are the annual reporting forms different this year?
The changes increase the efficiency and usability of the annual water use reporting forms. It is our intent that annual water use reporting will now be simplified and more reliable.

Why has my major water user identification number changed?
In the past, multiple identifier numbers were assigned to water users for withdrawal points in multiple counties, or when a water user or tenant irrigated land owned by multiple property owners. The new identification numbering system requires only one major water user identification number for each major water user or entity.

Why has my withdrawal identification number changed?
The new withdrawal identification number is a newly assigned number that permanently identifies the water withdrawal point and will not change with the water user.

What is the difference between my withdrawal identification number and my well/intake number?
The withdrawal identification number is a permanent number assigned to the withdrawal point. The well or intake number is a number the water user or owner has assigned to the well or withdrawal point.

Can I submit my annual water use data on the Internet?
Yes, online reporting is possible and recommended to increase efficiency and accuracy. Please visit dnr.mo.gov/env/wrc/wrpmwuinfo.htm and follow the instructions.

What do I do if the data on the forms I received is incorrect?
Please review all data for accuracy. If changes are necessary please indicate the correct information on the form and return the form to us.

I own property in multiple counties. Do I need separate major water user identification numbers?
No, in previous years multiple identifier numbers were assigned to water users for withdrawal points in multiple counties, or when a water user or tenant irrigated land owned by multiple property owners. The new identification numbering system requires only one major water user identification number for each major water user or entity.

I irrigate land owned by several different landowners. Do I need separate major water user identification numbers?
No, the new identification numbering system requires only one major water user identification number for each major water user or entity.

I am a property owner. Do I need to participate in this registration process?
It is the responsibility of the major water user, not the owner, to complete the annual water use reporting forms, although it is acceptable for a property owner to complete the forms.

I have several wells that pump less than 70 gallons per minute, but if they are added together, they are over 70 gallons per minute. Am I a major water user?
Yes, by the definition of the law any surface or groundwater user that has the capacity to withdraw or divert 70 gallons per minute or more from any water source is a major water user. Example: If you have 4 wells, each with the maximum capacity to withdraw 20 gallons per minute, the combined total of the 4 wells equals 80 gallons per minute, thus qualifying you as a major water user.

Our corporation has facilities in several counties. Should each facility report as a separate major water user?
Yes, each facility is a separate major water user and should report annual water use separately.

How do I report additional wells or withdrawal points?
Please contact us at the address below to request an additional form or report additional wells online at dnr.mo.gov/env/wrc/wrpmwuinfo.htm.

What does the Department of Natural Resources do with the data I report?
Major water user data provides a survey of the type and amount of statewide water use. When the department receives the data it is stored in the data record (database). This record provides documentation of water use for registered major water users and helps the department analyze and estimate water use for a specific community, county or region. The tri-fold color brochure Water Use Registration provides more information.