Grandfathered Water Uses Registration Program

Susquehanna River Basin Commission


Program Background.  In a recent study that compiled all available data to characterize Basin-wide water use and availability, the Commission estimated that there are possibly more than 700 older, unpermitted facilities with an estimated water use of nearly one billion gallons per day. If accurate, this volume of water use is roughly equal to the total amount currently accounted for, and managed by, the Commission across the entire Basin.

With such large quantities in question, the Commission decided to develop a program that would close this significant knowledge gap regarding older, unpermitted water use (also known as grandfathered) to ensure the Commission’s ability to effectively manage the water resources of the Basin.

Under this new program, facilities must register their grandfathered withdrawals and consumptive water uses by December 31, 2019, to preserve the exemption from obtaining a permit into the future.

The Commission is incentivizing early registration by offering a free registration period from January 1 through June 30, 2018, after which a $500 registration fee (July 1 through December 31, 2018) or $1,000 registration fee (all of 2019) will apply.

Next steps.  The Commission encourages facilities to review the documents and webinar below to see if your facility needs to comply with the registration program:

To receive program updates, we encourage you to provide the Commission with an email address or other contact information. To do so, or if you have facility-specific questions or need additional information, contact Rachelle Eby at or 717.238.0423 ext. 1215.