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Contact information
For information on this page, contact:
Shaili Pfeiffer
Water Use Section
Bureau of Drinking and Groundwater
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
PO Box 7921
Madison WI 53707-7921
Phone number: 608-267-7630

Water use administrative rules

The department has several administrative rules to implement the Great Lakes Compact and associated statewide water use regulations.

Rules in effect

NR 850 - Water use fees

Contact: Chris Fuchsteiner

NR 852 - Water conservation and water use efficiency

Contact: Bob Smail

NR 856 - Water use registration and reporting

Contact for registration: Chris Fuchsteiner
Contact for reporting: Bob Smail

NR 860 - Water use permitting

Contact: Nicki Clayton

Rules in development

NR 854 - Water supply service area plans

Current status: Drafting

  • Public water systems throughout the state that serve a population of 10,000 or more are required to develop a water supply service area plan by 2025. Public water systems located in the Great Lakes basin that are seeking a new or increased withdrawal, or communities seeking a diversion of Great Lakes water, must prepare a plan prior to the new or increased withdrawal or diversion. This rule will specify the procedures and requirements for these plans.

Contact: Chris Fuchsteiner

Additional administrative rules

Current status: Drafting

  • Water use public participation – this rule will establish the requirements for public participation for proposals to divert Great Lakes basin water.
  • Water loss and consumptive use – this rule will establish the methods for determining the amount of water loss from different types of water use.

Contact: Nicki Clayton

Last revised: Thursday June 14 2018