Boards of Health
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.
- DWP's Use of Office of Research and Standards Drinking Water Guidelines and US EPA Health Advisory Levels
Discusses the role of Office of Research and Standards Drinking Water Guidelines and US EPA Health Advisory Levels when a contaminant is detected in drinking water. December 30, 2009.
- Community Water Fluoridation
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health's resource page on drinking-water fluoridation.
- Consumer Information on Boil Orders
Fact sheet, frequently-asked questions, and general guidelines on what do when a boil water order has been issued for your community. Also provided are links to your town's website.
- US EPA Drinking Water Health Advisories Tables
EPA's periodically-revised catalog of reference doses and risk assessments for contaminants that may occur in drinking water. Most recent update: April 2012.
Color, Taste, and Odor: What you should know
These aesthetic issues with tap water could be indicators of a problem with the supply. This fact sheet describes the problems and what the consumer can do. Using bottled water as either a short- or long-term alternative to tap water is one solution. August 2005.
- Is There Lead In My Tap Water?
Health risks of lead in tap water and what consumers can do about it.
- CDC Fact Sheet: Lead in Tap Water
Questions and answers from the CDC on sources of lead in tap water and what consumers should do to address problems with excess lead levels in water.
- Hurricane, Flood & Disaster Preparedness, Response & Recovery Resources
Information and guidance for environmentally-safe response to natural disasters.
- FAQs: How safe is drinking water in Massachusetts
Q&A about basic safety issues such as water sources, home treatment devices, and lead in drinking water. Spanish and Portuguese translations are also provided. August 2005.
- FAQs: Point of Entry/Point of Use Home Treatment Devices
These devices - such as carbon filters, ion treatment, reverse osmosis systems, etc. - are installed locally, either at the water service connection of a building (point of entry) or right at the tap (point of use), to treat aesthetic issues such as taste or odor or to help meet drinking water standards. Revised March 2014.
Required Disclosure of Water Test Results
Vendors of home-water-treatment devices are required to provide this information to prospective buyers when reporting water-quality results. Revised March 2014.
- Perchlorate Information
Ammonium perchlorate (NH4ClO4) is an inorganic chemical widely used as an oxidizer in solid propellants for rockets, missiles, fireworks and explosives.
- Lead and Other Contaminants in Drinking Water
Information and resources on lead, copper, mercury, perchlorate, and other drinking water contaminants.
- Pharmaceutical & Personal Care Products - FAQs
Pharmaceuticals & Personal Care Products (PPCPs) include medicines, insect repellents, sunscreens, perfumes, soaps, fragrances and lotions.
- Massachusetts Boards of Health Lookup
Online directory of boards of health and health districts, provided by the Massachusetts Association of Health Boards.
Drinking Water Program Contacts by Topic
Drinking Water Program directory arranged by topic area. March 2013.
MA Public Water Supplier contacts sorted by Town
Detailed contact information for every active public water supply in Massachusetts. December 2013.
How to Establish & Operate a Safety Program
AWWA brochure on setting up and maintaining a safety program at a drinking water utility.
- Massachusetts Workplace Safety and Health Program
The mission of the Massachusetts Workplace Safety and Health Program is to prevent job-related injuries and illnesses among the Commonwealth's public sector workers and assist federal agencies in promoting health and safety in selected areas in the private sector.
- American Water Works Association
The American Water Works Association website provides professional, technical, and educational resources for water professionals.
- Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)
OSHA's mission is to assure safe and healthful working conditions by setting and enforcing workplace-safety standards and providing training, outreach, education and assistance.