Stormwater Discharge Well

Underground Injection Control (UIC) Program

 

Stormwater Drainage Well -- General Permit GUSW00001

Use of General Permit GUSW00001 provides timely authorization for subsurface disposal of stormwater by injection to waters of the State pursuant to Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS) 445A.465; this regulation prohibits injection of a fluid through a well without a permit.
The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) suggests users read the fact sheet and the general permit linked below and related information to determine if your activity requires coverage under Permit GUSW00001.

If you are subject to GUSW00001 permitting requirements, please complete a Notice of Intent (NOI) to seek coverage under the General Permit GUSW00001 by completing the forms electronically (see link below.) After filling in the required information, you will need to print out the confirmation page, have an authorized person sign it, and mail it, along with the applicable fee and all other pertinent information, to NDEP at the address indicated below.

Applies To:

Subsurface disposal of stormwater by injection to Stormwater Drainage Wells as described in Permit GUSW00001.

Electronic Submissions:

The Nevada Stormwater Drainage Well permitting program requires electronic submission of a Notice of Intent (NOI). Anyone seeking coverage under general permit GUSW00001 shall apply electronically unless a waiver is requested and granted in writing by the Division.

Application Web Link:

Notice of Intent (NOI) to seek coverage under the General Permit GUSW00001

Filing Fee:

$400.00 — Initial NOI fee

Annual Fee:

$300.00 - Annual general permit fee

Payable To:

Nevada Division of Environmental Protection

Submit To:

Nevada Division of Environmental Protection
Bureau of Water Pollution Control
901 S. Stewart Street, Suite 4001
Carson City, Nevada 89701-5249

General Information The Stormwater Drainage Well (SWDW) General Permit, GUSW00001, authorizes stormwater discharges to groundwater via a drainage well. The SWDW General Permit establishes Notice of Intent (NOI) requirements, water quality limitations, prohibitions and management for two (2) separate discharge categories. These two discharge categories are 1) Minimal Risk Stormwater Discharges and 2) Moderate Risk Stormwater Discharges, and are described below:

Dishcarge Category 1 — Minimal Risk Stormwater Discharges: This category is established to provide coverage for sites that discharge stormwater which when managed properly has minimal risk of degrading groundwaters of the State. The following conditions must be met for an applicant to receive coverage under this category:

  • Groundwater depth is farther than 5 feet below bottom of stormwater drainage well
  • SWDW is greater than 1000 feet from the closest public water system well; and
  • The discharge must be solely from stormwater runoff and must not come into contact with other wastes or discharges not associated with stormwater runoff.

  • Water quality sampling is not required under Category 1 permitted discharges.

Discharge Category 2 — Moderate Risk Stormwater Discharges: This category is established to provide coverage for sites where discharge has a moderate risk of degrading groundwaters of the State. Permitted activities covered under Category 2 include any of the following site conditions:

  • Groundwater depth is less than 5 feet below bottom of stormwater drainage well
  • SWDW is less than 1000 feet from the closest public water system well;
  • The discharge has the potential to come into contact with other wastes or discharges not associated with stormwater runoff; and/or
  • Any eligible discharge which NDEP determines is a moderate risk to groundwater and shall include pretreatment and water quality sampling.

  • Water quality sampling is required under Category 2 permitted discharges.

Qualifying discharges shall not begin to discharge until the Division has received and approved the original complete and signed Notice of Intent, application fee, and other information required in Section A of the permit. Existing dischargers who are covered under a current individual permit may continue to discharge until the valid permit expires. New discharge systems are required to submit a Notice of Intent and fee no later than 30 days prior to the start of construction of the stormwater drainage well. Discharge systems that have already been constructed and are currently discharging without a permit shall submit a Notice of Intent and application fee within 180 days following the effective date of this permit.

Newly constructed discharge systems covered under Category 2 are required to have a pretreatment device installed prior to discharge. A facility is considered new if construction commenced after August 1, 2013.


Application Requirements: The following must be submitted to NDEP as an application package:

  • A Notice of Intent confirmation page with original signature;
  • Application fee; and
  • Site plans and scaled map showing disposal details and the path that the water flows to the point of discharge.

Discharge Category 2 Requirements: Along with the application requirements listed above, Category 2 applicants must also submit the following:

  • Activities other than direct stormwater discharge that occur onsite, including potential accidental spills and industrial/commercial processes;
  • A map showing the location of all public water system wells within 1000 feet of the disposal device; and
  • A short summary of the sampling procedures, including how and where the samples will be taken.

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