Dam Program Overview
Certificate of Dam Approval and Safety Application
State Requirements for Building a New Dam in TN
Dam Location Data
Association of State Dam Safety
Living With Dams: Know Your Risks - FEMA
Drinking Water Program
Drinking Water Security
Fleming Training Center
Safe Dams Program
Underground Injection Control (UIC) Program
Water Withdrawal Registration Program
Environmental Permitting Handbook
Source Water Assessments
State Revolving Loan Fund Programs
TDEC Drought Management Plan
Guidance for Drought Management Plans
Tennessee Rural Water Needs Report
Water Resources Regional Planning
The Division of Water Resources is the administrative agent for carrying out the provisions of key Tennessee Statutes:
Click here to access the Tennessee Code Annotated for these statutes.
The Division of Water Resources is the administrative agent for carrying out provisions of these key Rules and Regulations:
The Division’s Ground Water Management Section has been assigned the responsibility for ground water protection strategy development, well-head protection, underground injection of waste, and some pesticide management activity under the Water Pollution Control Act. The Environmental Permitting Handbook has more information on the permitting activities of this Division.
The Division is charged with general supervision over construction and operation of public water supplies including design, construction, and operation of public water works systems. Engineering reports and plan documents are submitted to the Division for review and written approval obtained before construction is started. The Division is authorized to adopt and enforce rules and regulations governing the location, design, construction, continuous operation and maintenance of these facilities.
The Division also conducts an enforcement program which requires water suppliers to meet requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act with respect to water quality and information reporting. The Division is responsible for:
The Division’s Safe Dams Program is responsible for conducting inspections, plans reviews, and permitting of dams and reservoir projects as required in the Safe Dams Act of 1973. The purpose of the program is to protect the public from dam failures. All non-federal dam owners are required to have a certificate of approval from the Commissioner to construct, alter, remove, or operate a dam.