- Pressure Treated Wood: Questions & Answers
Learn how to manage pressure treated wood used for decking, swing sets, picnic tables, landscaping and other applications at homes and public playgrounds.
- FAQs: Arsenic in Private Well Water
Arsenic occurs naturally in soil and bedrock in parts of Massachusetts. If you are in an area of concern, MassDEP recommends that you sample for arsenic. These questions and answers explain the health risks of arsenic and what you should do if you water has elevated arsenic levels.
- Information from the Natural Resources Defense Council
- Information from the US EPA
Asbestos Cement Pipe Guidance Document
Explains how to safely remove and dispose of asbestos cement pipes in compliance with MassDEP asbestos regulations.
Water Supply Asbestos Monitoring Requirements
All community and non-community non-transient public water systems are required to monitor for asbestos in distribution lines every nine years, during the first unless a waiver is granted.
Asbestos in Distribution System Exemption Form
May be submitted by water suppliers who are able to certify that their distribution systems do not contain any asbestos-cement pipe and/or asbestos-cement vinyl lined pipe.
- Asbestos & Construction/Demolition Notifications
Asbestos information, including forms and instructions for notifying MassDEP and the Division of Occupational Safety (DOS) about asbestos abatement, construction and demolition projects.
Rapid Determination of E. coli in Drinking Water Under the Total Coliform Rule in Massachusetts file size 1MB
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Methods for rapid determination of total coliform and E. coli in finished drinking water.
Certification for the Analysis of Enterococci (Presence/Absence) in Ground Water Source Samples
The federal Ground Water Rule requires public water systems that use ground water to collect and analyze ground water source samples for the presence of fecal indicator organisms each time the system is notified of a total coliform-positive sample collected under Total Coliform Rule bacteria monitoring.
Checklist: Items to be Discovered & Addressed upon Discovery of Coliform Bacteria
Optional self-evaluation tool for use by public water systems in the event of a bacterial exceedance incident. This checklist is not submitted to MassDEP.
- US EPA: Chloramines FAQ
General information and frequently asked questions, from the EPA, about chloramines (a drinking-water disinfectant).
- American Water Works Association Chloramines Information
Use of chloramines, precautions, history, and other resources from American Water Works Associations (AWWA).
Note: Requires AWWA membership
- American Water Works Association History of Chloramine Use
An outline of the use of chlorine-based disinfection in drinking water in the US.
Note: Requires AWWA membership
- San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Chloramines Information
- Fluoride Monitoring & Reporting
Reporting forms provided by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
- Fact Sheet: Increasing Color in Some Fluorosilicic Acid Products
Information about the presence of fluoridation products in drinking water.
Massachusetts Fluoridation Update 2006
Article by Myron Allukian Jr, reprinted with permission from the Journal of the Massachusetts Dental Society.
- Recommendations for Water Fluoridation From CDC
- Community Water Fluoridation
- CDC: Community Water Fluoridation
Lead & Copper in Schools
- Notice to School Superintendents - Lead in School Drinking Water
- Lead Maintenance Checklist
Fact Sheet: Follow-up Steps for Schools or Child Care Facilities Based on Lead and Copper Sampling Results
Steps to take when sample results are above the MassDEP action level of 0.015 mgl/L. September 2010.
- Lead in School Drinking Water Program Strategy
- Lead in School Drinking Water Program Presentation Slides
- Lead in School Drinking Water Program Presentation Slides Notes file size 1MB
Sample Lead in Drinking Water Letter to Students, Parents, & Staff
Sample letter from a school or child care facility with laboratory results that exceeded the Massachusetts Lead "action level" for "lead in drinking water at schools and child care facilities" - to students, families, and staff.
- Lead and Copper Forms
- How to Collect a Drinking Water Sample for Lead & Copper Testing
Protocol for collecting samples from faucets or water fountains. September 2008.
Ice Making Machines Sample Collection Procedures
How to collect testing samples from ice-makers. September 2008.
Cafeteria Kitchen Kettle Sample Collection Procedures
Collecting testing samples from kitchen kettles. September 2008.
Fact Sheet: Copper and Your Health
Discusses the health effects of copper and ways to reduce exposure to copper in drinking water.
- Manual Flushing Log - Lead and Copper Remediation
- Proper Care of Bottled Water and Dispensers for Schools
- Recommended Remediation Actions to Reduce or Eliminate Lead Exposure from Drinking Water in Schools
Learn more about lead, its environmental and health effects, and how to protect people and animals from its risks.
- US EPA: Guidance & Tools
- US EPA Guidance: Lead in Drinking Water Coolers
- US EPA Guidance: Sampling for Lead in Drinking Water in Nursery Schools and Day Care Centers
- US EPA Guidance: Lead in Drinking Water In Schools and Day Care Centers
- See All Lead & Copper in Schools
Lead & Copper Rule
- Lead and Copper Rule: Lead Service Line Replacement Requirements
Requirements and parameters of a Lead Service Line Replacement Program. Revised August 2011.
Lead and Copper Education Template Language
Water suppliers are required to provide their customers with lead and copper information using this language, as set forth in the US EPA's Lead and Copper Rule and Massachusetts Drinking Water Regulations (310 CMR 22.06B). February 2014.
Changes to Lead & Copper Rule Public Water Supply Regulations
Rule changes promulgated by US EPA in 2007 were incorporated into the Massachusetts Drinking Water Regulations on December 25, 2009. The revisions include corrosion control, consumer confidence reporting requirements, lead and copper action levels, and other points. See the "revised requirements" below. January 2010.
- Lead and Copper Rule (Revised Requirements)
- Lead and Copper Forms
Lead Reduction Act
Lead Reduction Act Update
Steps for public water systems to take to comply with the requirements of the Lead Reduction Act, which takes effect on January 4, 2014.
Lead Reduction Act Capacity Survey
Survey to determine the capacity of Community Public Water Systems to comply with the Lead Reduction Act. Responses are due to MassDEP by December 31, 2013.
Manganese in Drinking Water: Typical Questions and Answers for Consumers
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This fact sheet is intended to inform you about the nature of manganese in drinking water, typical concentrations, its contribution to overall manganese exposure in humans, especially infants and children, and provide guidance on health protection limits in drinking water. October 2013.
Manganese Consumer Confidence Reporting Required Health Language (if over 50 ppb)
Guidance for public water systems on reporting detections of manganese greater than 50 ppb. February 2014.
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.
Manganese Monitoring for Public Water Systems
Public Water Systems now have an additional opportunity to contribute to public health protection by determining the levels of manganese in drinking water.
References Relating to Manganese in Drinking Water
Provides a comprehensive list of research that has been published concerning elevated levels of manganese in drinking water. July 2013.
MassDEP Office of Research and Standards Guideline (ORSG) for Manganese
MassDEP Office of Research and Standards Guideline (ORSG) for Manganese. October 2013.
- US EPA Drinking Water Health Advisory for Manganese
Provides information and guidance to communities that have been or have the potential to be exposed to elevated levels of manganese in their drinking water, including relevant information on health and aesthetics concerns as well as concentrations of manganese in drinking water. January 2004.
Best Management Practices for Mercury-Containing Equipment at Public Drinking Water Systems
System operators should be aware of the potential presence of mercury in drinking water treatment and distribution equipment, and take steps to prevent leaching and spills.
- Northeast Waste Management Officials' Association (NEWMOA) Studies on Mercury at Wastewater Treatment Facilities
Fact sheets developed by the Northeast Waste Management Officials Association (NEWMOA) as part of a MassDEP-funded research project.
- Mercury Questionnaire for Water Supply Operators
- Mercury Questionnaire for Water Supply Operators - Instructions
- Summary of Mercury Questionnaire Results
Learn about mercury, its health and environmental effects, and how to safely handle and dispose of products containing it. Includes environmental monitoring data and fish consumption advisories.
- Addressing Perchlorate and Other Emerging Contaminants in Massachusetts
- Perchlorate Information
Sampling results for perchlorate.
Perchloroethylene (PCE) Information
- Vinyl-Lined Asbestos-Cement Pipe (VLAC) Monitoring Program SOP for Tetrachloroethylene, a/k/a Perchloroethylene (PCE)
- Monitoring Frequency for Tetrachloroethylene in Drinking Water
- Cover Letter for Vinyl-Lined Asbestos-Cement Pipe Survey, 2006
- A Survey of the Amount of Vinyl-Lined Asbestos–Cement Pipe (VLAC Pipe) in Massachusetts Public Water Systems
- 1980 Interim Report on Tetrachloroethylene Contamination caused by Vinyl-Lined Asbestos Cement Pipe file size 1MB
- 1982 Status Report on Tetrachloroethylene Contamination caused by Vinyl-Lined Asbestos Cement Pipe
- 1992 Table of Water Supplies with Asbestos Cement Vinyl Lined Pipe
- 2009 Vinyl-Lined Asbestos Cement (VLAC) Pipe Survey
- Fact Sheet for Radionuclides, including Uranium in Drinking Water
Sampling results for radionuclides.