Why would we want a water bank in GMD5?
Supporters of water banking believe this marketing concept will put water to the most efficient and economical use, while providing greater flexibility to the water users who use the program.
Who will pay for a water bank? How will the bank operate?
Although operated through the Big Bend Groundwater Management District No. 5 office, the Association is a separate entity and must be self-supporting. A fee schedule has been established to offset expenses.
How will water banking affect my water right?
Only those water users who participate in the Association will be affected by water banking, and that is only for the duration of a deposit or lease. Participation in the bank constitutes due and sufficient cause for non-use.
Why, in a savings account, are they taking 10% of my carry-over water?
The carry-over water is additional. Before water banking, water users could not carry-over any water from year to year. It is not a taking, since any water carried over is all extra. This "leak" from the savings account helps the Association meet the required conservation amount by Kansas statute.
Do I have to use the Bank?
No, the Association programs are voluntary. It will not lead to cutbacks or any reduction in your water right.
Why would I support the bank concept in this District?
The water banking concept offers flexibility to the antiquated water laws of Kansas. The people of central Kansas are in a position to set the pace for the needed changes in Kansas's water law.
How will the deposit of my water right into the bank for five years impact the property taxes on the ground?
You should contact your County Appraiser to determine your options.
When can I sign up for water banking?
Do I have to sign a savings account contract every year?
No, once a savings account is opened, unless it is terminated, there is no expiration date. So an account stays open even if all of the accumulated water is withdrawn from the account.
How do I sign up to make a deposit, lease water or establish a savings account?
Each person wishing to participate in the bank must first enter into a contract with the bank. The appropriate forms can be found on each program's page. Additionally all applicable forms for the Association can be found here. If you would like to schedule an appointment with Association staff about these programs, this can be done online here.
What information to do I need to bring with me to an appointment with Association staff?
Association staff have access to records for all water rights within the boundaries. The Association requests that you bring general information about the water right(s) (i.e. legal description, water right file number, etc).
I do not own the ground and/or water right, can I sign Association paperwork?
Can I file an application electronically?
The forms are available on the website for submission to the Association. The Association can accept the paperwork electronically by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org but payments cannot be accepted online at this time. Paperwork will not be processed without the appropriate administrative fees.
Why does the water bank require a copy of the water use report annually?
These water use reports can be submitted to the Association electronically at email@example.com or in person at the Association office. They are due no later than March 1 annually