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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

 PHOENIX AMA ADDRESS

FAQ Mapquest

 WATER RIGHT INFORMATION

FAQ Where can I obtain change of ownership and other forms?

FAQ How can I obtain information about groundwater or surface water rights?

FAQ How much is an acre-foot of water?

FAQ Where can I find a Phoenix AMA Type 2 list?

 

 GENERAL WATER INFORMATION

FAQ What is the water use in Phoenix AMA?

FAQ I received a new water use summons.  What is the adjudication and how do I file a Statement of Claimant?

FAQ What is Xeriscape?

FAQ Where can I find information about water conservation?

 

 PROPERTY

FAQ What is a cadastral location (i.e., Township-Range-Section)?

 

 WELLS

FAQ Where can I obtain change of well ownership and other forms?

FAQ How do I change ADWR's well ownership information when selling or buying property?

FAQ How can I obtain information about wells in my area or on my property?

FAQ Can I drill a domestic (exempt) well on my property?

FAQ Where do I go for the "health authority approval review"?

FAQ What can I do when someone defaults on a well share agreement?

FAQ Why should my well be registered with the Department?

 WATER PROVIDERS

FAQ What’s the difference between a large municipal provider and a small municipal provider?

FAQ Who should I contact if I have questions about or problems with my water service?

FAQ How do I read my water meter?

 

 

 

Phoenix Active Management Area

 

Phoenix Active Management Area
1110 W. Washington St. Suite 310
Phoenix, AZ 85007

Phone: 602-771-8585
Fax: 602-771-8688

 

Regular Business Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Closed on state holidays (New Year's Day; Martin Luther King, Jr./Civil Rights Day; President's Day; Memorial Day; Independence Day; Labor Day; Columbus Day; Veteran's Day; Thanksgiving; Christmas)

 

 

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Water Rights - Permits - Recharge

How can I obtain information about groundwater rights?

Most information on Grandfathered Rights, Permits, and other water authorities can be accessed from ADWR's Imaged Records Database

Right/Permit records can be searched by registration number

56 - Municipal Providers

57 - Irrigation Districts

58 - Irrigation Rights, Type 1 Rights, Type 2 Rights

59 - Withdrawal Permits

60 - INA Users

62 - Individual Users

70 - Long-term Storage Account

71 - Underground Storage

72 - Groundwater Savings Facility

73 - Water Storage Permit

74 - Recovery Wells

If this is your first time viewing ADWR's Imaged Records Database you will need to install a one-time software installation plug-in.

ADWR's Imaged Records Database homepage with instructions

For additional information on rights, visit, call, or fax the PhxAMA office. Please provide the Township–Range–Section(s) for the area of interest or the name of the specific person or entity if you are looking for water rights ownership information. 

 

 

Where can I obtain change of ownership and other forms?

Many forms can be downloaded from the "Permits, Forms, and Applications" section of ADWR's web site. 

Grandfathered Rights/Permit forms

Recharge

 

How much is an acre-foot of water?

An acre-foot of water is 325,851 gallons.  One acre-foot of water will supply the needs of approximately two average families per year.

 

Where can I find a Phoenix AMA Type 2 list?

A Type 2 Grandfathered Right can be used anywhere within the Active Management Area in which is was created.  They may be either purchased in its entirety or can be leased in part or whole.  Each AMA has their own Type 2 list.

Phoenix AMA Type 2 list

Notification to the Department of a purchase or lease is required.

Notification of Lease of a Type 2

Notification of Change of Ownership and/or Change in Point of Withdrawal of a Type 2

 

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General Water information

Where can I find information about water use in the Phoenix AMA?

The Department has completed a Water Assessment where this information can be found.  This information is divided by AMA.

Water Assessment

 

I received a new water use summons. What is the adjudication and how do I file a Statement of Claimant?

The use of water on property located within the lands drained by the Gila River and its tributaries may be affected by an on-going court proceeding known as the Gila River Adjudication. The adjudication is a comprehensive court proceeding to determine the nature, extent and relative priority of rights to use water in the Gila River System and Source. All users of water should file a statement of claimant form to protect their uses, regardless of the source of the water.

Adjudications Brochure
ADWR's Adjudication Section

 

What is xeriscape?

Xeriscape is landscaping using low-water use plants.  Xeriscape is derived from the Greek word xeros meaning “dry”.  Xeriscape means literally “dry landscape”.  Very little supplemental water is needed with xeriscape plants.

 

Where can I find information about water conservation?

More information on water conservation can be found at ADWR Conservation.

 

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Property

What is a cadastral location (Township-Range-Section)?

The Public Lands Survey divides Arizona into squares called townships and sections. In this “cadastral” coordinate system, tracts of land are related to the point where the Gila and Salt Rivers meet. A location is established by the number of six-mile units (“Townships”) north or south of that point, and the number of six-mile units (“Ranges”) east or west. Each six-mile by six-mile township is further divided into 36 one-square-mile (640 acre) “Sections.”
Brochure on the Public Lands Survey Adobe Acrobat®

 

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Wells

 

Where can I obtain change of well ownership and other forms?

Many forms can be downloaded from the "Permits, Forms, and Applications" section of ADWR's web site.

 

How do I change ADWR's well ownership information when selling or buying property?

To change the ownership information on file with ADWR for an exempt well, please complete form 55-71A "Request to Change Well Information" form and send it by regular mail to the address on the form. Please submit one form for each well on the property. For change of ownership of any non-exempt wells, please contact the Phoenix AMA office.

 

How can I obtain information about wells in my area or on my property?

Most information on wells can be accessed from ADWR's Imaged Records Database

Well records can be searched by registration number (55-######) or location (Township-Range-Section).  To search wells, click the ‘Logon’ button then select ‘55 Well Registry’ from the list of Query Sets.

 

If this is your first time viewing ADWR's Imaged Records Database you will need to install a one-time software installation plug-in.

ADWR's Imaged Records Database homepage with instructions

 

Can I drill a domestic (exempt) well on my property?

An application to drill a new exempt well (maximum pump capacity of 35 GPM) in the Phoenix AMA may filed with the Department's Notice of Intent Unit.

In 2005, Senate Bill 1190 placed additional restrictions on the drilling of new exempt wells in portions of the AMA. For more information, you may read a summary of Senate Bill 1190 or contact the Department's Notice of Intent Unit.

 

Where do I go for the "health authority approval review" to drill my domestic well on a parcel that is 5 acres or less?

The review required on the "Notice of Intent to Drill, Deepen, Replace or Modify a Well" form can be completed at the county departments.


What can I do when someone defaults on a well share agreement?

ADWR does not have legal or regulatory authority over well share agreements. Resolution of disputes rests with the parties themselves and/or the courts.


Why should my well be registered with the Department?

All wells in Arizona, regardless of size, use, or location, must be registered with DWR.  Filing a Notice of Intent or an Application for a Well Drilling Permit automatically registers a well.  Well registration is a critical component of the Code: In order to manage groundwater effectively, DWR must know where groundwater is withdrawn.

Well registration also benefits the well owner by:

  • serving as evidence of a historical claim in groundwater
  • providing an easy way to notify area well owners if groundwater becomes contaminated
  • allowing DWR to consider potential effects on existing wells when granting permits for new wells in the area.

 

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Water Providers

Please note: All questions related to water bills, starting and stopping service, or other issues related to your water service are handled directly by your water company. Private water utilities are regulated by the Arizona Corporation Commission.

What’s the difference between a large municipal provider and a small municipal provider?

A large municipal provider serves more than 250 acre-feet of water annually.

 

Who should I contact if I have questions about or problems with my water service?

Contact your provider.  You can determine who your provider is by consulting your water bill.

 

How do I read my water meter?

Please review this document:

Reading your meter


 

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