The Office of Land and Water Resources (OLWR) is charged with conserving, managing, and protecting the water resources of Mississippi. The agency regulates water quantity issues affecting the beneficial use of these resources in the best interest and welfare of the citizens of the state.
The assigned responsibilities of the Office include:
- issuing permits for groundwater withdrawal and surface water diversion and impoundment in the state,
- licensing and regulating water well contractors/drillers,
- conducting technical investigations of the water resources in the state,
- monitoring water use,
- maintaining water-related information in computer databases,
- publishing various reports and maps,
- monitoring dam safety in the state,
- developing regional groundwater-flow models,
- measuring water-level changes in the state's major aquifers,
- monitoring stream flows throughout Mississippi, and
- providing technical assistance to the public, various stakeholders, and other governmental entities on various water-related issues.
- future responsibilities include the development of a statewide water plan to address the proper management and protection of Mississippi's valuable water resources.
Regulations, Applications, and Forms
State water regulations, permit applications, and various forms in MS Word and Adobe PDF format
Frequently Asked Questions and Guidance
Click here for the Office of Land and Water Resources' staff directory.
Available OLWR publications and brief descriptions of current water investigations
|Street Address||Mailing Address|
|700 North State St.|
Jackson, MS 39202
|Office of Land and Water Resources:|
P. O. Box 2309
Jackson, MS 39225