Permit Fact Sheet
- What is the purpose of this approval?
The approval is to conduct a pumping test in order to delineate the Zone II for an existing well. Zone II is that area of an aquifer which contributes water to a well under the most severe pumping conditions that can be realistically anticipated (180 days of pumping at safe yield with no recharge from precipitation). Pumping tests must be conducted in accordance with Guidelines and Policies for Public Water Systems .
The pumping test is conducted in order to evaluate the hydrogeologic characteristics of the aquifer. This is necessary to accurately delineate the Zone II. After the Zone II is delineated, the town or water supplier may wish to implement wellhead protection zoning and non-zoning controls to protect groundwater quality.
- Who must apply?
A public water supply system must apply if it has been approved to pump 100,000 gallons per day or greater, but has not yet delineated the existing well's Zone II, and is required to pursue a Water Management Act Permit.
- What other requirements should be considered when applying for this approval?
Prior to applying, applicants should consider how the data collected during the pumping tests will assist with generating the Zone II boundary. Please consult MassDEP staff prior to the pumping test concerning the data necessary for the delineation.
Note: Approvals of this type may require MEPA review. Please carefully examine 301 CMR 11.00, the MEPA Regulations, to determine if your project exceeds the MEPA review thresholds, or for more information contact the MEPA Unit of the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs, 100 Cambridge Street, Boston MA 02114, 617-626-1020. MassDEP cannot begin technical review of the application until the MEPA process has been completed, unless otherwise agreed to in writing. Copies of MEPA filings (with reference to any applicable Transmittal numbers) should be sent to the appropriate program offices in Boston and the MEPA Coordinator in the appropriate Regional Office.
Note: These additional requirements are intended to serve as a guide to the applicant. It does not necessarily include all additional requirements.
- What is the application fee?
See Permit Application Timelines and Fees Schedule .
- What is the Primary Permit Location? What is the Reserve Copy Location?
PRIMARY PERMIT LOCATION:
Department of Environmental Protection
__________* Regional Office
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RESERVE COPY LOCATION:
- Where can I get a copy of the timelines?
The timelines are available on the MassDEP Website: Permit Application Timelines and Fees Schedule
- What is the annual compliance fee?
There is no annual compliance fee for this approval.
- How long is this approval in effect?
The approval to conduct a pumping test on an existing source is valid for 2 years.
- How can I avoid the most common mistakes made in applying for this approval?
- Be sure all items on the Application Completeness Checklist are completed and included in submitted application.
- Review the Division of Water Supply's Guidelines and Policies for Public Water Systems regarding what technical criteria are necessary to generate an approvable conceptual Zone II.
- Communicate with MassDEP concerning the materials necessary for an approvable submission.
- Submit application package along with the one copy of the MassDEP Transmittal Form to Water Supply at the appropriate MassDEP Regional Office
- Submit fee and one copy of the MassDEP Transmittal Form to: Department of Environmental Protection, P. O. Box 4062, Boston, MA 02211.
- What are the regulations that apply to this approval? Where can I get copies?
These regulations include, but are not limited to:
- Drinking Water Regulations, 310 CMR 22.00.
- Timely Action and Fee Provisions, 310 CMR 4.00.
- Administrative Penalty Regulations, 310 CMR 5.00.
These may be purchased online, in person, or by mail at the Massachusetts State Bookstore.