Susquehanna River Basin Commission – Water Withdraws – Fact Sheet Registration.

The Susquehanna River Basin Commission (Commission) is contacting you because you may have clients who are affected by a new program for registration of unapproved water withdrawals and consumptive water uses in the Basin.  We are seeking your assistance to help ensure that facility managers are aware of and complete registration by the deadline of December 31, 2019.

An initial contact letter and registration factsheet (GFregistration-grandfathered-water-withdraws-factsheet) was sent to more than 1,300 facilities by direct mail this week. The targeted grandfathered facilities/sources are those where water withdrawals or consumptive uses equal or exceed the regulatory thresholds, but began operating before the applicable regulations became effective. These water withdrawals and uses are generally considered to be exempt from obtaining a Commission docket, provided there has been no environmental harm and no changes are made at the facility.

The Commission has initiated the registration effort after reviewing the results of our Cumulative Water Use and Availability Study that highlighted major gaps in the data the Commission needs in order to effectively manage the water resources of the Basin.  We estimated that there are possibly more than 700 older, unpermitted facilities with an estimated water use of nearly one billion gallons per day. If accurate, this volume of water use is roughly equal to the total amount currently accounted for, and managed, by the Commission across the entire Basin.

Informational webinars explaining the registration program will be conducted by Commission staff on November 14 and December 13, 2017. To register for a webinar, visit

If you need additional information or assistance, visit the website or contact Commission staff at

Thank you,

Susquehanna River Basin Commission

Stay hydrated without draining your wallet

Stay hydrated without draining your wallet

Reported on Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Unless you’re reading this in Alaska, you know that our area suffered through a brutal heat wave this month. It’s important to stay hydrated during the heat but buying bottled water and fancy drinks can get expensive. Read on for tips to keep cool and save money on beverages this summer.


Don’t pay for bottled water. Period.

Yes, there will be times when you’re away from home and a source of free tap water. I’m talking about the cases of bottled water that you buy to bring to work, or to sip around the house. Why would you spend your hard-earned dollars on bottled water when you’re going to drink it standing next to the kitchen sink?

Water bottles are also bad for the environment. You can recycle plastic bottles, but each bottle must be cleaned and melted down before it can become a “new” bottle, wasting energy and water. Why not buy a reusable, BPA-free water bottle for work and play, and save the store-bottled stuff for special trips?

I know that some homes have “bad” water. Our home’s water has sulfur during droughts so we’re changing our carbon filter pretty frequently right now. Purchasing a filter system has been an inexpensive way to improve our water quality, and it’s saved us hundreds of dollars each summer by making our tap water more palatable.

Caffeine and energy drinks

I love iced coffee, and I could drink it by the gallon during the summer! Fortunately, we brew our own coffee and chill it, which means that my favorite drink doesn’t cost too much money. But keep in mind that caffeinated drinks such as coffee and tea can actually dehydrate some people. Don’t rely too heavily on these beverages during the summer.

Sports drinks are also popular during the summer, and they can be a great source of sodium and potassium (the minerals that we “sweat out”) on a hot day. Manufacturers have done a great job advertising these drinks as a cure-all for hot days and athletes.

Of course, be honest with yourself are you really active enough to need a sports drink, or does it just taste good? Don’t waste your money on high-performance drinks when the most activity you’ll do is swinging on the front porch. If you can’t stand the taste of water and drink a lot of sports drinks during the summer, try diluting these sugary drinks with water. You won’t miss the sweetness, and you’ll save a bit of money.

Other water sources

While it’s important to drink fluids regularly, foods can also be a great source of water! There’s a reason that ripe, juicy watermelon is so popular during the summer.

Adding seasonal fruits and vegetables can be a good way to keep yourself hydrated without spending extra money. You have to eat, right? Choose thirst-quenching foods over dryer foods to keep dehydration at bay add an apple to your lunch, or eat a small bowl of peaches or pears for dessert. These foods are great for staying hydrated, and they’re much healthier than eating a bag of chips. Many water-filled foods are also low in calories!