The Water Supply Bank operates year round. However, administrative activity is least active during summer months when IDWR staffing resources are reallocated to other priority activities of the Department. Seasonal objectives dictate programmatic priorities—lease applications are most actively processed during fall months while rental applications are prioritized for processing during winter and spring.
On the Water Supply Bank Calendar, the priority level color bars represent the dedication of staffing resources to a process. High priority signifies that significant staffing resources are dedicated to a process while Standard priority indicates limited staffing resources are dedicated to a process.
Water Supply Bank Calendar
Rental Request Processing
To ensure a timely processing of a rental request, applicants are advised to submit rental requests as early in the process as possible.
Commencing November 1, rental applications are assigned to staff for review. Rental reviews can take one to two months to complete. Submitting a rental request in the period of November through January guarantees that your rental request will be considered. However, it might not be finalized until December or January.
The blue bars of the graph below illustrate the number of rental requests processed in a given month, based on the total number of annually received rental requests. Note that "processed" is not synonymous with "approved."
IDWR assigns staff to the Water Supply Bank to assist with processing rentals during the months of November through April. As many as five full time staff might be assigned to the Bank from November through April. The red line in the graph below illustrates the number of staff assigned to the Bank in a given month. As illustrated by the graph, rental application processing corresponds to the number of staff assigned to the Bank. The ability of the Bank to process rental requests after May is directly constrained by the limited staffing resources of the Bank during summer months. Rental requests submitted to the Water Supply Bank after June might not be processed in a timely manner if staff are already dedicated to already pending applications and other Department initiatives. Rental requests received after June might be returned to the applicant, they might be processed late, or they will be held by the Bank for consideration in the future years. The Water Supply Bank will not approve unauthorized uses of water that commence prior to the submission to the Bank of a rental request.