Floor Drains: Model Regulation
Model language for local boards of health to use in creating regulations for floor drain controls. Updated June 2009.
- Planning & Implementing a Local Floor Drain Control
The following tips are designed to assist local officials with planning and implementing a floor drain control (regulation or bylaw) as required by 310 CMR 22.21(a)(8).
- Underground Injection Control
The Underground Injection Control Program protects groundwater sources by regulating the injection of fluids from drains and other underground outlets into these sources.
Groundwater Protection Model Regulations
For communities seeking a non-zoning approach to protecting public drinking water supplies, this Model Regulation meets state wellhead protection requirements and can easily be adopted by local boards.
Model Groundwater Protection District Bylaw/Ordinance
Prior to adopting this Model, municipalities should compare the language of their existing protection controls (including any non-zoning controls) with the Wellhead Protection Regulations. Additionally, it is recommended communities consult with their municipal counsel prior to adoption.
Hazardous Materials Management
A community's guide to developing & implementing a local regulation to protect drinking water resources.
- Horsekeeping & Water Quality
A set of MassDEP fact sheets that encourage best management practices for landowners with horses. These simple practices can prevent the contamination of water supplies in the Commonwealth.
- Manure Management: Protecting Water Resources from Nutrient Pollution
- US EPA: Protecting Drinking Water with the Clean Water State Revolving Fund
Tips for Protecting Your Drinking Water Supply
Septic systems and the incorrect storage of hazardous materials can affect local water supplies. Find out how you can prevent contamination.
Sample Water Supply Planning Checklist
This checklist was developed to provide local officials with a method for reviewing & commenting on projects prior to permitting them in water supply areas.
What You Need to Know about Microbial Contamination
Bacteria, viruses, and protozoa can cause a number of waterborne diseases when ingested through your drinking water. Find out what protective measures you can take to control contamination.
- Massachusetts Department of Food & Agriculture: Protecting Water Sources from Fertilizer
- The Massachusetts Water Management Act Program
The Water Management Act (M.G.L. c. 21G) became effective in March 1986, authorizing MassDEP to regulate the quantity of water withdrawn from both surface and groundwater supplies. The program uses the WMA to ensure adequate water supplies for current and future water needs.
- Water Management Guidance
- Model Water Use Restriction Bylaw/Ordinance (2009)
The Department of Environmental Protection has developed the "DEP Model Outdoor Water Use Bylaw/Ordinance" to help municipalities and water districts implement seasonal conservation of water supplied by public water systems (PWS). The Model Bylaw also includes options for regulating private wells and in-ground irrigation systems.
- Developing a Local Wellhead Protection Plan
- Sample Impervious Surface Zoning Bylaw
- Model Zone I Conservation Restriction for Water Supply Protection
Model Zone II Conservation Restriction for Water Supply Protection
Model Conservation Restriction for acquiring control of land in the Zone II. This model can be used with land acquisition permit application BRP WS-26. Updated November 2009.
Model Zone I Restriction for Public Drinking Water Supply Protection
A Zone I Model Easement/Restriction designed for PWS businesses and non-public entities. This Model is also applicable when the Zone I is owned by a governmental entity. June 2010.
Massachusetts Forestry Best Management Practices Manual file size 5MB
This manual, from the Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, is useful for public water suppliers who conduct forestry operations on their lands and/or keep track of operations on private lands in their aquifers/watersheds, as well as for agency staff who are involved in Source Water Protection.
- Underground Storage Tank (UST) Program
- Wellhead Protection Guidance: Best Effort Requirement (310 CMR 22.21(1))
Guidance on achieving compliance with DEP's Best Effort Requirement regulation, 2006
- Wellhead Protection Tips for Small Public Water Systems
- Water Quality and Pesticides
- Protecting Groundwater from Pesticides
- Wellhead Protection Tips For Small Public Water Systems