Vol. 35 Iss. 5 - October 29, 2018

Chapter 200
Final Regulation

REGISTRAR'S NOTICE: The State Water Control Board is claiming an exemption from Article 2 of the Administrative Process Act in accordance with § 2.2-4006 A 3, which excludes regulations that consist only of changes in style or form or corrections of technical errors. The State Water Control Board will receive, consider, and respond to petitions by any interested person at any time with respect to reconsideration or revision.

Title of Regulation: 9VAC25-200. Water Withdrawal Reporting (amending 9VAC25-200-10).

Statutory Authority: §§ 62.1-44.15 and 62.1-44.38 of the Code of Virginia.

Effective Date: November 28, 2018.

Agency Contact: Melissa Porterfield, Department of Environmental Quality, 1111 East Main Street, Suite 1400, P.O. Box 1105, Richmond, VA 23218, telephone (803) 698-4238, or email

Small Business Impact Review Report of Findings: This final regulatory action serves as the report of the findings of the regulatory review pursuant to § 2.2-4007.1 of the Code of Virginia.


The amendment corrects the citation of a referenced regulation.

9VAC25-200-10. Definitions.

The following words and terms, when used in this chapter, shall have the following meaning unless the text clearly indicates otherwise:

"Board" means the State Water Control Board.

"Crop" means a living or once-living plant or part of it which is or could be harvested for value. The term includes, but is not limited to, conventional farm crops, hay, pasture, nursery and forest crops. Permanent turf and landscapings are not crops and are subject to the 10,000 gallons per day reporting threshold.

"Daily average withdrawal" shall be calculated by dividing the total quantity of water withdrawn in each calendar month by the number of days in that month.

"Gage" means a device or methodology for measuring cumulative volume of water withdrawn. For users subject to the Virginia Department of Health Waterworks Regulations, the gage shall satisfy the provisions of those regulations and shall produce volume determinations within ± 10% of truth. For all other users, the gage shall be consistent with sound generally-accepted engineering practice and shall produce volume determinations within ± 10% of truth.

"Person" means the Commonwealth or any of its political subdivisions; or an individual, corporation, partnership, association, authority, interstate body, or a state; or an agency, municipality, commission, or political subdivision of a state.

"User" means any person making a withdrawal of surface water or groundwater from an original source (e.g., a river, stream, lake, aquifer, or reservoir fed by any such water body), regardless of whether the user himself uses the water thus withdrawn or transfers it to another for use. The purchase of water from a waterworks by a customer of it does not constitute a withdrawal.

"VPDES" means the Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, which is the Virginia system for the issuance of permits pursuant to the Permit Regulation (9VAC25-30-10 et seq.) (9VAC25-31-10), the State Water Control Law and § 402 of the Clean Water Act (33 USC § 1342), authorizing the discharge of pollutants from a point source to surface waters.

VA.R. Doc. No. R19-5438; Filed October 5, 2018, 8:04 a.m.