Water Withdrawal Registration Program

The Division of Water Resources collects information on the withdrawal and use of water within Tennessee. The information is used to identify water uses and resources that may require management at critical times, especially drought conditions. The purpose of the program is to protect the water resources of Tennessee from over-utilization.

Under the authority of the Water Resources Information Act of 2002, TCA, Section 69-7-301, water withdrawals of 10,000 gallons or more on any day in Tennessee must be registered.

The Ground Water Management Program serves as the State’s coordinating agency for the development of a Comprehensive State Ground Water Protection Plan with EPA and state agencies with ground water responsibilities. A major focus of the program is Wellhead Protection, protecting ground water sources of public water systems. The section also regulates ground water discharges through management of the Underground Injection Control (UIC) program (both deep well injection and shallow non-hazardous injection such as storm water discharge) under the authority of the Water Quality Control Act.