1. Instructions: BRP WS 22 doc format of BRP WS 22 Instructions
pdf format of BRP WS 22 - Approval of Pilot Study Report

  2. Form: BRP WS 22 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 ensuring that minimum drinking water requirements are met in the development of studies of drinking water treatment processes. It allows the applicant to demonstrate the appropriateness of a treatment process for meeting the minimum drinking water requirements. Legislative authority is stated in MGL Chapter 111, sections 160A et al. 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 want approval of a pilot study report on a treatment process or technology.
  3. What other requirements should be considered when applying for this approval?
    1. What prerequisites should be considered before applying for this approval?
      The applicant must have applied for and received approval for BRP WS 21, water treatment approval to conduct a pilot study.
    2. What concurrent applications are related to this approval?
      If the water supplier or their representative apply for this permit as part of a facility modification it may also be necessary to apply water treatment permits, e.g. BRP WS 23, 24, or 25.

      Note: Approvals of this type may require MEPA review. Please carefully examine 301CMR 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.

      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) (cc). See Permit Application Timelines and Fees Schedule pdf format of Permit Application Timelines and Fees Schedule
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  5. What is the Primary Permit Location? What is the Reserve Copy Location?

    PRIMARY PERMIT LOCATION:
    Department of Environmental Protection
    __________* Regional Office
    ATTN: 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
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  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 approval shall remain in effect for 2 years from the approval 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 and available at the State House Bookstore.
  9. How can I avoid the most common mistakes made in applying for this approval?
    1. Attach all material requested on 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:

    a.   Drinking Water Regulations, 310 CMR 22.00.
    b.   Timely Action and Fee Provisions, 310 CMR 4.00.
    c.   Administrative Penalty Regulations, 310 CMR 5.00.

    These may be purchased online, in person, or by mail at the Massachusetts State Bookstore .