Permit Fact Sheet
- What is the purpose of this approval?
The approval is to determine technical acceptability of supporting data and recommended Zone II delineation for existing wells. 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). Procedures used to delineate Zone II boundaries must follow Guidelines and Policies for Public Water Systems, available from the State House Bookstore. The Zone II is delineated to accurately identify land areas which may be appropriate for certain land use restrictions or prohibitions to protect groundwater quality. Zone II approvals are required when implementing various MassDEP programs.
- 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. Municipalities must apply if they are conducting town-wide or localized groundwater studies for the purpose of enacting zoning and non-zoning controls to protect groundwater recharge areas.
- What other requirements should be considered when applying for this approval?
Prior to applying, applicants must be sure that the information provided and the delineation procedure used are consistent with specific requirements outlined in Guidelines and Policies for Public Water Systems . Pay careful attention to model documentation because this information weighs heavily in MassDEP's decision to approve 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, 251 Causeway Street, Suite 900, 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
RESERVE COPY LOCATION:
* Find Your Region
- 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 of a Zone II delineation is valid until there is a change (increase or decrease) in the withdrawal characteristics of the existing well or until superseded by a subsequently submitted MassDEP-approved Zone II.
- How can I avoid the most common mistakes made in applying for this approval?
- Be sure all Application Completeness Checklist items are completed and included with submitted application.
- Review the Division of Water Supply's Guidelines and Policies for Public Water Systems regarding what technical criteria are necessary for an approvable submission.
- 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.