Annual Notice to Local Boards of Health
Yearly update for Boards of Health on drinking-water issues. June 2013.
Recreational Camps Licensed by Local Boards of Health
Annual inventory of recreational camps licensed by local boards of health. The State Sanitary Code, 105 CMR 430, requires boards of health to notify MassDEP and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health upon issuing a license to a camping facility. March 2014.
Drinking Water at Local Fairs
Recommended procedures for boards of health to oversee the safety of water supplies at local fairs. Updated August 2007.
- Transient Non-Community Systems Annual Water Quality Reports
The TNC Annual Water Quality Reports were mailed out on September 4, 2013. Reports must be signed and posted by each TNC.
- Certified Laboratories
Laboratories that MassDEP has approved for drinking water analysis. Also includes forms, policies and regulations.
- FAQs: Public Health and Drinking Water
Questions and answers about health concerns as they relate to drinking water supplies. How can a consumer find out more about the health impacts of certain ingredients or contaminants in their drinking water? Is bottled water safer to drink than public drinking water? What is a boil water alert? What is an acceptable level of risk? Answers to these questions and more. October 2008.
- FAQs: Standards & Testing
How standards for water safety are set, what those standards mean, how they are enforced, and testing frequency. October 2008
Private or Public Drinking Water System
Information presented in chart form to help determine whether your supply is a public or private facility.
West Nile Virus Application of Pesticides to Wetlands Resource Areas and Buffer Zones, and Public Water Systems (Guidance BRPG01-02)
Guidance to determine if mosquito control work (e.g. application of pesticides) is exempt or requires an Emergency Certification under the Wetlands Protection Act, and whether application of pesticides to a public water source for mosquito control can go forward.
- West Nile Virus & Massachusetts Public Drinking Water Systems
Balancing the need to control disease-bearing insect populations and the safety of drinking water supplies.
- Bottled Water
MassDEP does not regulate bottled water, which is under the oversight of the Department of Public Health. We provide some informational resources on the topic here.
- Private Wells
Private wells are under the jurisdiction of local boards of health. This page includes guidance, testing, and maintenance recommendations and other resources for private well owners.
- Septic Systems/Title 5
Guidance, policies, regulations, frequently asked questions, fact sheets and other reference materials relative to conventional septic systems and innovative or alternative wastewater treatment systems.
Manganese Monitoring Notice to Public Water Suppliers
As part of a continued effort to provide timely information to protect public health, MassDEP is raising awareness regarding levels of manganese in Massachusetts Public Drinking Water systems.