1. Instructions: BRP WS 21 doc format of BRP WS 21 Instructions pdf format of BRP WS 21 - Approval to Conduct Pilot Study

  2. Form: BRP WS 21 doc format of BRP WS Permit/Approval Application pdf format of Application for Water Supply Permits or Approvals

  3. Transmittal Form & Number for Permit Application & Payment


Permit Fact Sheet 

  1. What is the purpose of this approval?

    This approval serves to protect the public health and welfare by assuring that the pilot study follows the procedures set forth in the Division of Water Supply's Guidelines and Policies for Public Water Systems (available from the State House Bookstore) and that the finished water will meet minimum drinking water standards.

    This permit consists of an approval to conduct a pilot study to determine the adequacy of the treatment process to deliver water of good quality that meets the standards established by MassDEP. Legislative authority is stated in MGL Chapter 111, s. 160A and regulatory authority is stated in 310 CMR 22.04 of the Drinking Water Regulations.
  2. Who must apply?

    Public water suppliers or their representatives must apply if they plan to conduct water treatment pilot studies on their drinking water systems.
  3. What other requirements should be considered when applying for this approval?

    If the water supplier or their representative apply for this permit as part of a facility modification, it may be necessary to apply for other water treatment permits, e.g. BRP WS 22, 23, 24, or 25.

    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 02202; (617-727-5830). 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. Find Your Region

    Note: These additional requirements are intended to serve as a guide to the applicant. It does not necessarily include all additional requirements. 
  4. What is the application fee?

    The fee structures associated with these approvals are stated in 310 CMR 4.10(5) (bb). See Permit Application Timelines and Fees Schedule pdf format of Permit Application Timelines and Fees Schedule .
  5. What is the Primary Permit Location? What is the Reserve Copy Location?

    PRIMARY PERMIT LOCATION:   
    Department of Environmental Protection 
    __________* Regional Office
    Water Supply

    * Find Your Region

    RESERVE COPY LOCATION: 
    None Required.
  6. Where can I get a copy of the timelines?

    The timelines are available on the MassDEP Website: Permit Application Timelines and Fees Schedule pdf format of Permit Application Timelines and Fees Schedule .
  7. What is the annual compliance fee?

    There is no annual compliance fee for this approval.
  8. How long is this approval in effect?

    This permit shall remain in effect for 2 years from the approved date or as otherwise determined by MassDEP, as long as the study continues to meet minimum drinking water standards and conforms to current Division of Water Supply guidelines and policies described in Guidelines and Policies for Public Water Systems .
  9. How can I avoid the most common mistakes made in applying for this approval?
    1. Attach all material requested in the Application Completeness Checklist.
    2. Submit fee and one copy of the MassDEP Transmittal Form to: Department of Environmental Protection, P. O. Box 4062, Boston, MA 02211.
  10. What are the regulations that apply to this approval? Where can I get copies?

    These regulations include, but are not limited to:
    1. Drinking Water Regulations, 310 CMR 22.00.
    2. Timely Action and Fee Provisions, 310 CMR 4.00.
    3. Administrative Penalty Regulations, 310 CMR 5.00.
    These may be purchased online, in person, or by mail at the Massachusetts State Bookstore