- 2012 Standards & Guidelines for Contaminants in Massachusetts Drinking Water
A compendium of guidance values for evaluating contaminants in Massachusetts drinking water. Guidance values determine the level at which corrective action becomes necessary.
- Guidelines for Public Water Systems
These documents are intended to provide guidance to public water suppliers and their employees, MassDEP staff, and the public, on all regulatory and procedural aspects of maintaining a safe drinking water supply.
Bottled Water Memorandum of Understanding between MassDEP and the Department of Public Health
Review, approval and monitoring of source water for bottled water and carbonated nonalcoholic beverages.
Beaver Control Near Public Water Supply Sources - Guidance
Guidance for determining whether or not the presence of beaver or muskrat poses a public-health threat to a water supply source.
- Capacity Development
- 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.
- Emergency Planning and Preparedness Tips for WWTP and WTP Operators
This checklist provides operators and key staff members with information and advice on critical items that should be considered and checked to help you gauge your treatment plant's emergency preparedness status.
- Emergency Response: Guidance Materials
- Wind and Solar Energy Projects on Public Water Supply Lands
This guideline applies to public water suppliers and their representatives requesting written approval from MassDEP to install wind and solar energy projects on lands held by public water systems for drinking water purposes.
- 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.
- Q&A Summary for the Non-Technical Reader: Shallow Injection Well Closure
Frequently asked questions about the UIC Program.
- Justification for Decreasing the ORS Guideline for MTBE in Drinking Water from 0.7 mg/l to 0.07 mg/l
ORS has reviewed the most current data on the toxicology of methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) and has concluded that a decrease by a factor of ten is appropriate and protective of public health for MTBE in drinking water.
Drinking Water at Local Fairs
Recommended procedures for boards of health to oversee the safety of water supplies at local fairs. Updated August 2007.
Monitoring Frequency for Tetrachloroethylene in Drinking Water
Guidance for public water systems on monitoring for tetrachloroethylene (PCE) in drinking water. June 2009.
- Municipal Compliance Fact Sheet: Drinking Water
As a senior municipal official representing the interests of your community, you should be aware that the federal Safe Drinking Water Act and the Massachusetts Drinking Water Regulations apply to all public water systems
- Water Management Program: Early Notice Guidance
When siting or expanding a public water supply, the proponent shall publish a notice of the Request For Site Exam application in the Environmental Monitor prior to the application filing with MassDEP.
- Fireworks Best Environmental Management Practices
The purpose of this memorandum is to provide guidance on perchlorate-containing fireworks to prevent contamination of drinking water supplies from this potential source.
Pipe Bursting of Potable Water Mains
Pipe replacement using pre-chlorinated high-density polyethylene pipe.
Preparing for a Sanitary Survey file size 1MB
Helping small public water systems prepare for routine sanitary surveys.
Private Well Guidelines file size 1MB
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Guidance for boards of health and other local officials, well drillers, well owners, and developers.
Private Wells - Testing Parameters and Frequency Guidelines
While MassDEP does not regulate private wells or mandate testing for private water supplies, these are recommended guidelines for testing. Revised September 2013.
- Protocol for chlorine-dioxide shock treatment at healthcare facilities on a public water system
Procedure for healthcare facilities seeking to use chlorine dioxide shock treatment to control pathogens.
- Public Notification
- Public Notification Requirements and Templates
Planning for Reservoir Maintenance
Proper planning of reservoir-maintenance activities to avoid damage to natural resources or disruption to water supplies.
Sodium in Public Drinking Water
Guidance for public water suppliers on monitoring and reporting sodium levels in drinking water.
- Small System Capacity Development - Guidance from US EPA
Surface Water Supply Protection Plan Development
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The minimum components of a local Surface Water Supply Protection Plan.
- Legislation allows sub-metering
In December 2004, House Bill 5001, An Act Authorizing Water Sub-Metering in Residential Tenancies, was signed into law and became effective March 16, 2005. The new law allows landlords to install sub-meters for residential tenants and to bill tenants for water and sewer use.
Testing Requirements for Public Water Systems - Summary
Summary of drinking-water testing requirements and parameters, applicable to all public water systems in Massachusetts.
Toxic Chemical Regulation in Massachusetts Waters
An informational guide to how chemicals are regulated and health and ecological hazards are assessed in fresh surface and groundwaters and marine waters.
- Emergency Response: Mutual Aid
- Uranium Activity to Mass Conversion Factor Guideline for Use in Drinking Water Compliance Monitoring and Risk Assessment
Parameters for screening for uranium in drinking water.
- Water Commissioners and Local Boards: Roles and Responsibilities for Drinking Water Compliance and Coordination
The purpose of this guide is to outline the specific state legal authorities granted to water commissioners, cities and towns, police, and boards of health who all play roles in ensuring the safety of our drinking water.
Water District Organizational Checklist
A list of organizational documents a water district should have on file.
Water Resource Management Planning Guidance Document
This guidance is intended to explain the types of water management planning reports towns and communities can use when approaching their particular wastewater, drinking water and stormwater issues.