The State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) is warning water rights holders that failure to file their annual reports will result in significant fines. Annual water use reports for all appropriative water rights including permits, licenses, registrations and certificates, were initially due on April 1. According to the Board, only 57 percent of those with appropriative water rights had filed the required reports for 2018 as of April 2.
SWRCB has been issuing notification reminders which state that “if you do not file your report in a timely manner, you may be liable for a violation in the amount of $500 dollars for each day in which the violation occurs.” Despite the deadline passing, corrective action may help to avoid an enforcement action, or potentially minimize any penalty assessed by the Board. Anyone that may require assistance in filing the report, is encouraged to contact the Board’s Division of Water Rights directly. Reports can be submitted electronically using the Board’s Water Right Form and Survey Submittal Portal.
Listen to the report below.