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March 28, 2014
Water Rules (Alabama)

These rules and regulations shall apply to all water systems subject to the jurisdiction of the Alabama Public Service Commission. They are intended to promote good utility practices, to assure adequate and efficient service to the public at a reasonable cost, and to establish the rights and responsibilities of both the utility and the customer. Applications for certificates must be filed separately for each water system.

March 28, 2014
Water Rights: Surface Water (Indiana)

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources regulates the use and diversion of surface waters. An entity that creates additional stream volumes by releases from impoundments built and financed by the entity for the entity's purpose may use the increased flowage at all times. Any entity may be required to report the volume of water used. Diversion of water out of the Great Lakes Basin is subject to permitting regulations, and may not occur except under the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact.

March 28, 2014
Water Rights: Ground Water (Indiana)

It is the policy of the state to provide for the conservation of groundwater resources and limit groundwater waste. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources may designate restricted use areas and limit groundwater withdrawals by existing users in those areas, thus making groundwater use greater than 100,000 gallons per day subject to permitting requirements.

March 28, 2014
Water Rights and Appropriation (South Dakota)

All uses of water in South Dakota, with the exception of domestic water uses, require a Water Right Permit. The Board of Water and Natural Resources has the authority to regulate and control the development, conservation, and allocation of the right to use the waters of the state according to the principles of beneficial use and priority of appropriation. Chapters 46-2A and 46-5 of the SD Codified Laws contain administrative procedures and requirements for water appropriation.

March 28, 2014
Water Rights (Texas)

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality regulates the water rights for the state of Texas. Water and state water may be appropriated, stored, or diverted in the state of Texas for beneficial uses in reasonable amounts, with certain conditions. The Commission issues permits and regulations for water rights in Texas.

March 28, 2014
Water Resources Restoration and Preservation Act (Florida)

This Act assigns water monitoring duties to the Department of Environmental Protection, and requires the Department to establish Total Daily Maximum Load (TDML) levels for water bodies throughout the state. TDMLs are published in section 62-304 of the Florida Administrative Code. This legislation also establishes a water quality credit trading program, and authorizes the Department to set best management practices for select bodies of water. However, permitting duties related to water quality are typically under the purview of local water management districts in Florida.

March 28, 2014
Water Resources Protection and Management Act (West Virginia)

Large quantity water users, except those who purchase water from a public or private water utility or other service that is reporting its total withdrawal, shall register with the Department of Environmental Protection and provide all requested survey information regarding withdrawals of the water resources. Multiple withdrawals from state water resources that are made or controlled by a single person and used at one facility or location shall be considered a single withdrawal of water.

March 28, 2014
Water Resources Planning and Coordination Act (South Carolina)

The Department of Natural Resources is responsible for formulating and establishing a comprehensive water resources policy for the State, developing and establishing policies and programs to resolve problems of water resource use, reviewing state and federal projects relevant to water resource use, and developing recommendations for water legislation. In performing its duties, the Department of Natural resources will give consideration to the need for adequate water resources for residential, industrial, and commercial needs, hydropower development, and watershed protection.

March 28, 2014
Water Resources Act (Ontario, Canada)

The Ontario Water Resources Act is designed to conserve, protect and manage Ontario's water resources for efficient and sustainable use. The act focuses on both groundwater and surface water throughout the province.

March 28, 2014
Water Resources (Montana)

The state policy of Montana requires that water resources of the state be put to optimum beneficial use and not wasted. The state must promote the conservation, development, and beneficial use of the state's water resources to secure maximum economic and social prosperity for its citizens, and this chapter authorizes the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation to coordinate the development and use of the water resources of the state so as to effect full utilization, conservation, and protection of its water resources.