Water Appropriations Permit Program


Water use fee rates

Rates for annual report of water use

Volume Appropriated

Fee for each permit

0 to 50 million gallons

$140 minimum fee

50 to 100 million gallons

$3.50 for each million

100 to 150 million gallons

$4.00 for each million

150 to 200 million gallons

$4.50 for each million

200 to 250 million gallons

$5.00 for each million

250 to 300 million gallons

$5.50 for each million

300 to 350 million gallons

$6.00 for each million

350 to 400 million gallons

$6.50 for each million

400 to 450 million gallons

$7.00 for each million

450 to 500 million gallons

$7.50 for each million

Above 500 million gallons

$8.00 for each million

Minimum annual water use fee for agricultural irrigation

Agricultural irrigation permittees that did not appropriate any water during the year or had their permit suspended for more than seven days pay a minimum fee of $20 per permit.

Maximum annual water use fees

$750 for any single agricultural irrigation permit
$60,000 total for an entity with 3 or less permits
$90,000 total for an entity with 4 to 5 permits
$300,000 total for an entity with more than 5 permits
$250,000 total for a city of the first class
$10,000 for a municipality that furnishes electric service and cogenerates steam for home heating.

Once-through heating and cooling systems only

A separate annual water use fee schedule exists for once-through heating and cooling (HVAC) systems. Non-profit corporations and school districts pay $200 per million gallons and all other entities with once-through heating and cooling systems pay $420 per million gallons. There is no maximum fee for once-through systems.

Summer Surcharge

A surcharge of $30 per million gallons will be applied to the volume of water used in each of the months of June, July, and August that exceeds the volume of water used in January of each year. The summer surcharge applies to municipal water use, irrigation of golf courses and landscape irrigation. This is a surcharge in addition to the regular fee rate based on the yearly total volume used.

Processing Fee Exemptions

State and federal agencies are exempt from annual water use fees.