Drinking Water Supply Source Protection

Waiver/Source Protection Templates

Source Protection Forms

Surface Water Sources

  • Planning for Reservoir Maintenance pdf format of Planning for Reservoir Maintenance
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    Proper planning of reservoir-maintenance activities to avoid damage to natural resources or disruption to water supplies.

  • Surface Water Supply Protection Plan Development pdf format of Surface Water Supply Protection Plan Development
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    The minimum components of a local Surface Water Supply Protection Plan.

  • Beaver Control Near Public Water Supply Sources - Guidance pdf format of Beaver Control Near Public Water Supply Sources
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    Guidance for determining whether or not the presence of beaver or muskrat poses a public-health threat to a water supply source.

  • Model Conservation Restriction for Zone A, Surface Water Supplies pdf format of Model Conservation Restriction for Zone A
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    The MassDEP Drinking Water Program has designed this model for public water suppliers to use in developing conservation restrictions to protect land near surface waters that are used for public drinking water supplies, while still providing for recreation, habitat protection, vegetation maintenance, and archeological investigations. Updated November 2009.

  • Project Awareness Protocol for Review of Activities Within Watersheds  doc format of Project Awareness Protocol for Watershed Activities

    Many drinking water suppliers review proposals that may affect the watershed. Recommendations to local boards on specific performance standards and protection measures are just one step in this review.

  • Surface Water Protection - Disinfection Log Credit doc format of Surface Water Protection - Disinfection Log Credit
    The Drinking Water Program may issue up to 0.5 log credit for watershed protection to eligible surface water suppliers to meet the federal Surface Water Treatment Rule requirement of 3-log (or 99.9%) total inactivation of Giardia cysts.
  • Massachusetts Forestry Best Management Practices Manual pdf format of Forestry Best Management Practices Manual
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    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.

Groundwater Sources

  • 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.

  • What You Need to Know about Microbial Contamination doc format of 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Underground Storage Tank (UST) Program

    Effective January 2, 2015, new MassDEP Underground Storage Tank (UST) Regulations (310 CMR 80.00) address the registration, installation, operation, maintenance, closure and inspection of UST systems used to store petroleum fuels and hazardous substances. The UST program is a major component of the state's groundwater resource protection efforts.

    The Massachusetts Legislature transferred most responsibility for UST regulation from the Department of Fire Services (DFS) to MassDEP in 2009. The new MassDEP rules replace DFS regulations at 527 CMR 9.00, which were rescinded on January 1, 2015, although the fundamentals of the program, including most basic DFS requirements, remain the same. MassDEP has also incorporated recent federal requirements and added new provisions to ensure that UST systems are properly installed, operated and maintained; that leaks and spills are prevented and contained; that UST systems and components found to be leaking or not working properly are repaired or replaced; and any resulting environmental damage is limited, assessed and cleaned up. Learn more about the new MassDEP regulations.

  • US EPA: Protecting Drinking Water with the Clean Water State Revolving Fund

    From the US Environmental Protection Agency, how the Clean Water SRF can assist in supporting projects that protect source water and enhance water quality.

Wellhead Protection

Source Water Assessment & Protection Program (SWAP)

Source Water Protection Workshop Presentations