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Water Rights Annual Water Use Reports Due Now

California needs accurate data on water use for planning, enforcement

If you have a water right and haven’t submitted your annual water use report, it isn’t too late! Your reporting gives the state a more accurate picture of water use, and that data is an important tool for accurate enforcement and planning.

If you have a California water right, you are required to submit a water use report to the State Water Resources Control Board each year. Reports for Water Year 2022-23 (Oct. 1, 2022 – Sept. 30, 2023) were due by Feb. 1, 2024.

The California Water Resources Control Board reports that as of February 6, 2024, 42 percent of reports had not been submitted.

How to Submit Your Report: 

You can submit your report online through the State Water Board’s Report Management System (rms.waterboards.ca.gov). Reporting instructions are available on the Water Use Help Reporting webpage (waterboards.ca.gov/rms_help).

For assistance, please email rms@waterboards.ca.gov or call 916-341-5431. Board staff aims to respond within 24 hours. Longer response times may occur when email and call volumes are high.

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