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Frequently Asked Questions

If you are unsure whether you need an individual water use permit, please contact the Division of Groundwater Regulation at (850) 539-5999. 
Is a permit required in order to install an irrigation system for my single-family home using a well?

An individual water use permit may be required if you are irrigating in a mandatory reuse zone, Water Resource Caution Area, or Area of Resource Concern. In addition, a Well Construction Permit is required to construct a well anywhere in the District.

Is a permit required in order to install an irrigation system for my business using a well?

An individual water use permit may be required if you are irrigating in a mandatory reuse zone, Water Resource Caution Area, or Area of Resource Concern. In addition, a Well Construction Permit is required to construct a well anywhere in the District.

Is a permit required in order to install an irrigation system for my crops?

An individual water use permit may be required depending on the size of the well(s) or surface water intake(s), the acreage of crops, the location of the withdrawal(s), and water usage amounts.

Is a permit required to supply water to my livestock?

An individual water use permit may be required depending on the size of the well(s) or surface water intake(s), the location of the withdrawal(s), number of livestock, and water usage amounts.

Is a permit required to irrigate a golf course?

An individual water use permit may be required depending on the sizes of the well(s) or surface water intake(s), the location of the withdrawal(s), and water usage amounts.

Is a permit required to irrigate a golf course or residential landscape using more than one well or surface water pump?

An individual water use permit may be required depending on the sizes of the well(s) or surface water intake(s), the locations of the withdrawal(s), and water usage amounts.

I need to withdraw water for public water supply. Is a permit required?

An individual water use permit may be required depending on the sizes of the well(s) or surface water intake(s), the locations of the withdrawal(s), and water usage amounts.

What is the cost of a Water Use Permit?

The costs of a Water Use Permit are set by Florida law.

Where do I submit compliance reports?

Submit compliance reports to: compliance@nwfwater.com

Who can I contact to see if reclaimed water is available on my property?

Wastewater facilities may have available reclaimed water available for reuse use at your location. Please check with your local wastewater facility. Locations of reclaimed water distribution areas can be found here:
https://nwfwmd.maps.arcgis.com/home/webmap/viewer.html?webmap=4653ca6234304ab6818a89aab8abef01
According to section 373.250, Florida Statutes, reclaimed water may be presumed available to a consumptive use permit applicant when a utility exists which provides reclaimed water, which has determined that it has uncommitted reclaimed water capacity, and which has distribution facilities, which are initially provided by the utility at its cost, to the site of the affected applicant’s proposed use.

What are Institutional Control Areas? 

Information on institutional control areas and where they are located in the Northwest Florida Water Management District can be found by visiting the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) website at https://floridadep.gov/waste/waste/content/institutional-controls-registry-guidance.