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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Acre Feet (AF), Gallons (G) and Water Quantity Conversions

Question: What is the difference between Cubic Feet per Second (CFS), Acre Feet (AF), and Gallons (G)?   
 
Answer: When discussing volumes of water, such as amount applied to land, reservoir storage capacity, or monthly/yearly consumption, the most common terms used are Acre Feet (AF) andGallons (G).  When referring to a rate to be diverted, the terms commonly used are Cubic Feet Per Second (CFS) or Gallons Per Minute (GPM).  Permits/Certificates for water use specify the appropriate measurement to use when providing information to the Department. 
 
For rights authorizing less than 0.1 cfs or 9.2 acre-feet, you may assume the maximum quantity allowed under the right and report that volume.  For reporting purposed, please convert cubic feet per second to acre feet, using (1.98) x (CFS) x (# of day used per month).
 
Both the online utility and the water use report form provide you the option of reporting your monthly usage as one of the following: Acre Feet (AF), Gallons (G), Thousand Gallons (KG), Million Gallons (MG), Cubic Feet (CF), or Million Cubic Feet (MCF)
 
1 Acre Foot (AF) = 325,851 Gallons (G)
and
1 Acre Foot (AF) = 43,560 Cubic Feet (CF)
 

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Adjust my page online to view more than five PODs/POAs

Question: How do I view more than five diversions/appropriations at a time?
 
Answer: The default records per page is set at five, however you may change the viewable amount of records by locating the phrase “Records per Page”; populate the field next to this phrase with any number equal to or less than 999, and push the enter key.

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Entry errors online

Question: How are data entry errors corrected?   
 
Answer: If reported data needs to be corrected, send an ammended Water Use Report Form along with a cover letter explanation and request.  The Water Use Reporting Form available is fillable/interactive.  To use this form for a previous water year, change the last two digits of each year at the top of the form; the years below will change accordingly.     
 

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Facility name

Question: What is a Facility?
 
Answer: The “facility” is a name or unique identifier for a diversion/appropriation.  Online this field may or may not be populated.  Often this field is populated with references to Well Log IDs, Well Tag Numbers, specific locations, facility names identified in the permit, or other possible identifiers requested by the water right holder. 
 

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Finding a qualified individual to report my water use

Question: How can I find a qualified individual to report my water use data?   
 
Answer: You may benefit from utilizing the services of a CWRE.  Water Right Examiners (CWREs) are individuals currently registered in Oregon as Professional Geologists, Professional Engineers, or Professional Land Surveyors that are also certified to help water right holders submit water use reports and other reports required by the Department, state rule or statute.  They will be able to gain personal knowledge of how your system operates, and work with you to determine how to properly report water use on all applicable water rights. Access the list of Certified Water Rights Examiners (CWRE) organized by region.
 

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Meter readings

Question: Can I report my meter readings?   
 
Answer: Meter readings are not an acceptable reportable format and will need to be converted into a total monthly quantity.  
 
For Acre Feet (AF), Gallon (G), and Water Quantity Conversions please see above.

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Report ID Number

Question: What is a Report ID?
 
Answer: Report IDs are unique numbers assigned to each point of diversion (POD), to each point of appropriation (POA), and each reservoir.  When submitting a paper Water Use Report Form, the Report ID should be documented above the monthly entries

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Reporting on unused diversions/appropriations

Question: How do I report on a diversion/appropriation that has not been used for a few months, or for the entire water year?   
 
Answer: We ask that you report zeros during any given month when water is not being used. 
 

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Transfer/Order addition(s) or modification(s)

Question: My water right is associated with a Transfer or Order; will my addition(s) or modification(s) be reflected online?   
 
Answer: Although much effort has been made to add water rights to the Water Use Reporting database, please be aware that rights, including rights that have been involved in a Transfer process, may not be reflected online.  For this situation, we ask that you fill out the Water Use Report Form.
 

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Viewing or adding data online

Question: How do I view or add data?  
 
Answer: Click the “Select” link, located next to the applicable Report ID to view or add data for a particular diversion/appropriation.  The data will be displayed at the bottom of the page.  You may view your data at your convenience, however reporting (adding) data is only available for a limited period of time.  When available, click on the “Add data for water year” button to enter your data in the fields provided.   To complete the reporting process click the “Submit” button, and follow the prompt.  To be sure that your data has been accepted, log-out and then log back in; your data should be displayed and the button "Add data for water year" should not be available. To satisfy the requirement for reporting, ensure reports for water use are submitted for each point of diversion/appropriation.   
 

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