Irrigation Non-Expansion Areas

Irrigation Guidelines:INA MAP

In the Joseph City and Douglas INAs, land that was legally irrigated at any time between January 1, 1975 and January 1, 1980 may continue to be irrigated. In the Harquahala INA, the period establishing the right to irrigate is January 6, 1976 to January 6, 1981.

There is one exception. If the Director of the Arizona Department of Water Resources finds that substantial capital investment was made for on-site irrigation facilities or improvement of land for irrigation use, that land may be irrigated. The investment must have been made during a specified period of time. In the Joseph City and Douglas INAs, the investment must have occurred during the twelve months before June 12, 1980. In the Harquahala INA, any improvement made during the five year period preceding January 6, 1981 is considered.

 

INA Requirements:

Measuring Devices

All persons withdrawing groundwater from non-exempt wells* within an INA must use a measuring device and measuring method to record water use, except for:  (1) persons who withdraw 10 acre-feet or less for non-irrigation purposes only, and (2) persons who withdraw groundwater for an irrigation use if the Notice of Irrigation Authority for the land on which the groundwater is used includes 10 or fewer contiguous acres and the land is not part of a farming operation that includes more than 10 acres.

* A non-exempt well has a pump capacity over 35 gallons per minute or irrigates more than two acres.

Wells

All existing wells be registered with the Arizona Department of Water Resources (Department). The filing fee for a Late Registration of a Well is $120.00.  Prior to drilling a new well or deepening, replacing or modifying an existing well, a person must file a Notice of Intent to Drill with the Department. The fee for a well located within an INA is $150.00.  Forms are available from the Department and must be accompanied with the appropriate filing fee. Authority to modify, deepen, or replace an existing well or drill a new well will be valid for one year; after that a new Notice of Intent must be filed. A driller licensed by the Department must perform the work. Each person who owns a well must notify the Department of any change in ownership of the well.

Annual Reports

Each person withdrawing groundwater from a non-exempt well must file an annual report of groundwater withdrawals by March 31 of each year. Persons who withdraw groundwater for an irrigation use are exempt from the reporting requirements if the Notice of Irrigation Authority for the land on which the groundwater is used includes 10 or fewer contiguous acres and the land is not part of a farming operation that includes more than 10 acres.  An annual report must be filed whether groundwater is withdrawn for irrigation or non-irrigation purposes. However, if no water is withdrawn during a particular calendar year, it is not necessary to file an annual report for that year.