Register
a water withdrawal or terminate a registration.
Report
annual water use data.
Pay
fees for registered water withdrawals.
Apply
for a water use permit.
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Contact information
For information on this page, contact:
Water Use Program
608-266-2299
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.

Log in to submit water use reporting.


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.

Create and activate a WAMS ID.


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 [PDF] 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 instructions

Background

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
Last revised: Friday January 17 2014