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- Contact information
- For information on this page, contact:
- Water Use Program
- WI Department of Natural Resources
Water Use Section DG/5
PO Box 7921
Madison WI 53707-7921
Reporting water use
The annual deadline for reporting is March 1.
Option 1: Report online
Identity verification and authorization to report online is done through the Wisconsin Access Management System (WAMS) administrated by the Department of Administration.
Those who have an active WAMS identification (ID) can log in and report water use.
To create a WAMS ID, follow the self-registration and activation process. After activating your WAMS ID, you will be able to log in to the water use reporting system.
Option 2: Report with paper forms
In mid to late January, the DNR mails paper reporting forms to property owners who have not reported online by that time. Alternatively, owners can print out blank forms and mail or fax them to the water use program. Contact Water Use Program staff for help filling in owner, property and source information on the blank forms.
Water use reporting forms and guidance
Registered withdrawers are required to measure or estimate the volume of water they withdraw every month and report that information annually to the DNR. Withdrawals may be reported by the property owner or by an authorized lessee, agent or operator of the source.
Reporting is required for:
- All high capacity well properties
- Permitted (Wis. Stats. Chapter 30) surface water withdrawals
- Properties with a Water Use Permit (in the Great Lakes basin)
- Any properties that withdrew an average of 100,000 gallons per day or more in any 30-day period