Governing Law and Regulations
Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Division of Environment
KDHE Water Well Program
Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) Division of Water Resources (DWR)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 7
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Kansas protects groundwater in the state under several federal and state laws and regulations. Kansas follows the water appropriation doctrine in its regulations, which makes it illegal for individuals in Kansas to use water for other than domestic purposes without holding a water right from the Kansas Department of Agriculture's (KDA) Division of Water Resources (DWR).
As part of the regulatory framework, Kansas has established five groundwater management districts (GMDs) in the western and southern areas of the state, which cover approximately one-fourth of the ...