Surface Water and Groundwater Use and Protection (Mississippi)

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Place Mississippi

Applies to States or Provinces Mississippi
Name Surface Water and Groundwater Use and Protection (Mississippi)
Policy Category Other Policy
Policy Type Environmental Regulations, Siting and Permitting
Affected Technologies Biomass/Biogas, Coal with CCS, Concentrating Solar Power, Energy Storage, Fuel Cells, Geothermal Electric, Hydroelectric, Hydroelectric (Small), Natural Gas, Nuclear, Solar Photovoltaics, Tidal Energy, Wave Energy, Wind energy
Active Policy Yes

Implementing Sector State/Province

Program Administrator Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality
Primary Website$File/11%20Miss.%20Admin.%20Code%20Pt.%207%20Ch.%201..pdf?OpenElement
Applicable Jurisdiction Statewide

Last Review 2014-06-06
Last Substantive Modification
to Summary


The purpose of the Surface and Groundwater Use and Protection is to ensure that Mississippi's public resource of water is safe and used properly. It requires that any person must obtain a permit from the Permit Board before initiating drilling of a groundwater well or placing a surface water intake. It gives the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality DEQ the authority to revoke permits if the state deems that a water source is in danger and establishes this fact. Permits last for 10 years and must be reapplied for before 6 months of expiration. Any surface water diversion requires a permit, unless previously discussed with the Permit Board. Within 30 days of drilling completion date the permittee must submit data to the MDEQ.

New power generating facilities must use the lowest quality water source that is economically, environmentally, and technologically feasible; high quality groundwater may be used only for potable purposes. For any development requiring withdrawal of groundwater a permit is required and a notice of intent would be required for any project that may have a wastewater treatment facility that would require certification.

Policy Contact

Contact Name David Cobb
Department Department of Environmental Quality
Division Land and Water Resources
Address Office of Land and Water Resources Water Resource Data Management, P.O. Box 2309, Jackson, MS 39225

Phone 601-961-5362

Contact Name Sherry Pearson
Department Department of Environmental Quality
Division Land and Water Resources

Phone 601-961-5219


Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: Mississippi Code Section 51-3-49 through 51-3-55
Date Effective 2009-12-10

Authority 2: Mississippi Code 49-17-31 through 49-17-43