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2017 Tennessee Code
Title 69 - Waters, Waterways, Drains and Levees
Chapter 7 - Water Management
Part 3 - Tennessee Water Resources Information Act
§ 69-7-304. Registration of withdrawal from surface water or groundwater source -- Exceptions.
Universal Citation: TN Code § 69-7-304 (2017)
- (a) Except as provided in subsections (c) and (d), no person shall withdraw ten thousand (10,000) or more gallons of water per day from a surface water or a groundwater source unless the withdrawal is currently registered with the commissioner. The commissioner shall accept a recognized method of measuring the quantities of water withdrawn.
- (b) Any person who causes such a withdrawal, or proposes such a withdrawal shall annually register such water withdrawal with the commissioner on forms provided for the purpose. For water wells drilled pursuant to § 69-10-101, the initial withdrawal may be registered by the well driller, on behalf of the person causing or proposing the withdrawal, by providing the required information, including an estimate of the withdrawal amount, with the notification of the intent to drill a well and by verifying or modifying, or both, the information when the report of the well driller is delivered to the commissioner. Subsequent withdrawals from water wells shall be registered annually by the person who causes such a withdrawal, or proposes such a withdrawal.
- (c) A person may withdraw water for emergencies involving human health and safety without having first registered the withdrawal, provided it is not done on a regular or recurring basis.
- (d) A person may withdraw water for agricultural purposes without having registered the withdrawal. If a person withdraws water for agricultural purposes and another purpose, the water used for agriculture shall not count towards the calculation of whether the withdrawal exceeds ten thousand (10,000) gallons per day. For purposes of this part, "agricultural purposes" shall mean use in the production or harvesting of an agricultural product, including, but not limited to, irrigation of crops, nursery stock production as defined at § 43-1-112, and watering of poultry or livestock.
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