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Ground Water Withdrawal Regulations [9 VAC 25 ‑ 610]
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Chapter Information
Description Establishes criteria for the declaration of ground water management areas and criteria for the issuance of ground water withdrawal permits for withdrawers of ground water in excess of 300,000 gallons permit month in a declared area.
State Authority Sections 62.1-254 - 62.1-270 of the Code of Virginia
Federal Authority n/a
Exempt from APA No, changes to this chapter are subject to the Administrative Process Act and the standard executive branch review process.
Text of Regulation Link to Virginia Administrative Code
Goals of Regulation To protect public health and/or welfare with the least possible costs and intrusiveness to the citizens and businesses of the Commonwealth.

To minimize the impacts of new permitted withdrawals on pre-existing ground water users to be measured by the number of documented reports of unmitigated impacts on existing ground water users atributable to permitted withdrawals.

To preserve existing high quality ground water for future beneficial uses to be measured by the number of documented reports of ground water quality declines (specifically increases in chloride concentrations) at permitted withdrawal sites that monitor ground water quality.

Contact Information
Name / Title: Scott Kudlas 
Address: 1111 East Main Street, Suite 1400
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
Email Address:
Telephone: (804)698-4456    FAX: (804)698-4032    TDD: ()-
Current Actions
Action Title Latest Stage Status
40 CFR Annual Update 2017 and Methods Update Rule
This action is exempt from the executive branch review process.
Final Exempt action can be submitted directly to the Registrar.

Past Actions
Action Title Latest Stage Status
Amendment to the Groundwater Withdrawal Regulations (Rev. A15) Fast-Track Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 9/22/2016.
Periodic Review and Amendment Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 1/1/2014.