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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 9. Environment
Agency 25. State Water Control Board
Chapter 610. Groundwater Withdrawal Regulations

9VAC25-610-94. Application for a new permit, expansion of an existing withdrawal, or reapplication for a current permitted withdrawal.

Persons wishing to initiate a new withdrawal, expand an existing withdrawal, or reapply for a current permitted withdrawal in any groundwater management area and not excluded from requirements of this chapter by 9VAC25-610-50 shall apply for a permit.

1. A groundwater withdrawal permit application shall be completed and submitted to the department and a groundwater withdrawal permit issued by the department prior to the initiation of any withdrawal not specifically excluded in 9VAC25-610-50 or authorized by a general permit adopted by the board as a regulation.

2. A complete groundwater withdrawal permit application for a new or expanded withdrawal, or reapplication for a current withdrawal, shall contain the following:

a. The permit fee as required by the Fees for Permits and Certificates Regulations (9VAC25-20);

b. A groundwater withdrawal permit application completed in its entirety with all maps, attachments, and addenda that may be required. Application forms shall be submitted in a format specified by the department. Such application forms are available from the Department of Environmental Quality;

c. A signature as described in 9VAC25-610-150;

d. A completed well construction report for all existing wells associated with the application submitted on the Water Well Completion Report, Form GW2;

e. The application shall include locations of all wells associated with the application shown on United States Geological Survey 7-1/2 minute topographic maps. The applicant shall provide the latitude and longitude coordinates in a datum specified by the department for each existing and proposed well. The detailed location map shall be of sufficient detail such that all wells may be easily located for site inspection;

f. A map identifying the service areas for public water supplies;

g. Information on surface water and groundwater conjunctive use systems as described in 9VAC25-610-104 if applicable;

h. A water conservation and management plan as described in 9VAC25-610-100;

i. The application shall include notification from the local governing body in which the withdrawal is to occur that the location and operation of the withdrawing facility is in compliance with all ordinances adopted pursuant to Chapter 22 (§ 15.2-2200 et seq.) of Title 15.2 of the Code of Virginia. If the governing body fails to respond to the applicant's request for certification within 45 days of receipt of the written request, the location and operation of the proposed facility shall be deemed to comply with the provisions of such ordinances for the purposes of this chapter. The applicant shall document the local governing body's receipt of the request for certification through the use of certified mail or other means that establishes proof of delivery;

j. An alternatives analysis that evaluates sources of water supply other than groundwater, including sources of reclaimed water, and the lowest quality of water needed for the intended beneficial use as described in 9VAC25-610-102;

k. Documentation justifying the need for future water supply as described in 9VAC25-610-102;

l. A plan to mitigate potential adverse impacts from the proposed withdrawal on existing groundwater users. In lieu of developing individual mitigation plans, multiple applicants may choose to establish a mitigation program to collectively develop and implement a cooperative mitigation plan that covers the entire area of impact of all members of the mitigation program; and

m. Other relevant information that may be required by the department to evaluate the application.

3. In addition to requirements contained in subdivision 2 of this section, the department may require any or all of the following information prior to considering an application complete.

a. The installation of monitoring wells and the collection and analysis of drill cuttings, continuous cores, geophysical logs, water quality samples, or other hydrogeologic information necessary to characterize the aquifer system present at the proposed withdrawal site.

b. The completion of pump tests or aquifer tests to determine aquifer characteristics at the proposed withdrawal site.

4. The department may waive the requirement for information listed in subdivision 2 or 3 of this section to be submitted if it has access to substantially identical information that remains accurate and relevant to the permit application.

Statutory Authority

§ 62.1-256 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 30, Issue 5, eff. January 1, 2014; amended, Virginia Register Volume 39, Issue 5, eff. November 23, 2022.

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