Drought Conditions

  • Drought Status Update for Water Management Act Permittees  pdf format of Drought Status Update for WMA Permittees

    On May 9, 2017 the Massachusetts Drought Management Task Force met to assess hydrologic conditions in the Commonwealth.  Above normal rainfall in March, April and thus far in May has resulted in all hydrologic indices returning to normal conditions across the state.  Therefore, Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Matthew Beaton declared on May 11 the following drought levels throughout the Commonwealth: Normal Condition levels for the Connecticut River Valley, Central, Northeast, Southeast Regions as well as the Cape and Islands; down from a Drought Advisory in the month of April, and unchanged for the Western Region.

  • Municipal Water Use Restrictions

    Seasonal listing of municipal outdoor-water-use restrictions. Non-essential outdoor water use restrictions must be implemented when certain conditions are met between May 1st and September 30th.

  • Drought Management Information from DCR

    Information on drought management, drought maps, and a list of Massachusetts towns by drought region.  Also links to the Massachusetts Drought Management Task Force page.

  • Drought Information from EOEEA

    Status updates, maps, frequently-asked questions, conservation tips, and other resources, provided by the Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs.

  • EEA Press Release: Drought Conditions Across Commonwealth Return to Normal - May 11, 2017

    May 11, 2017 update of drought conditions in parts of Massachusetts, issued by the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. 

Laws & Regulations

Water Management Policies, Guidance, and Safe Yield

WMA Permit Renewal Outreach

WMA Permit and Permit Renewal Applications & Forms

  • BRP WM 01 - Water Management Permit/Registration Transfer

    Request for a complete or partial transfer of the right to withdraw water that was provided through the issuance of a Water Management Act Program registration or permit. Revised March 2006.

  • BRP WM 02 - Water Management Permit Amendments

    Water Management Act Permit Amendments for decreasing authorized permit volumes, changing the location of withdrawal point(s), adding withdrawal point(s), changing water use, changing permit conditions, or changing location of discharge point(s). Revised May 2009.

  • BRP WM 03 - Water Management Withdrawal Permits

    MassDEP reviews requests to withdraw water over 100,000 gallons per day annually from watersheds to ensure that new withdrawals will not negatively impact water resources or existing users. Revised June 2007.

  • Water Management Act 20-Year Permit Renewal Application

    This application form is for Water Management permittees who do not anticipate needing more water during the upcoming 20-year permit period than they are currently permitted for in their Water Management Act permit.

  • Water Conservation Questionnaire  pdf format of Water Conservation Questionnaire
    This questionnaire is based on the Water Conservation Standards for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, which were approved by the Water Resources Commission.
  • Water Resources Commission Policy on Water Needs Forecasts for Public Water Suppliers  pdf format of Water Needs Forecasts for PWSs
doc format of                             Water Needs Forecasts for PWSs

    The Massachusetts Water Resources Commission develops water-needs forecasts for communities seeking increased water withdrawals under the Water Management Act, in order to ensure that water supplies remain adequate. Updated March 2017.

  • EPA Asset Management and Debt Capacity Tool  xlsm format of EPA Asset Management and Debt Capacity Tool
file size 4MB

    Water Management Act (WMA) permit applicants may request a cost feasibility assessment in conjunction with their mitigation plan. The purpose of the assessment is to assist MassDEP in determining if the applicant has proposed a mitigation plan that will both meet the conditions of their WMA permit and is feasible for the applicant to finance over the term of their permit. This Excel-based tool, intended to help wastewater and drinking water utilities develop an asset management plan and plan for long-term financial health, my be used by applicants to submit their 10-year budget.

Water Management Act Program - Permits & Decisions

  • Draft Water Management Act Permits

    Draft Water Management Act permits are posted here as they become available for review. A copy of the draft permit and contact information for public comments are available on this page.

  • Water Management Act Permits & Decisions

    Water Management Act final permits and decisions. MassDEP issues permits that balance water use protection, water conservation, and reasonable economic development.

Public Water Supply Tools, Resources & Performance Standards

  • Water Management Act Grant Programs for Public Water Suppliers

    This grant program is designed to assist eligible public water suppliers and municipalities with Water Management Act permits by providing funds for planning assistance, demand management, and withdrawal impact mitigation projects in local communities.

  • Municipal Water Use Restrictions

    Seasonal listing of municipal outdoor-water-use restrictions. Non-essential outdoor water use restrictions must be implemented when certain conditions are met between May 1st and September 30th.

  • Performance Standards for Public Water Supplies - RGPCD & UAW

    Reported and MassDEP-adjusted values for residential gallons per capita day (RGPCD) and unaccounted-for water (UAW).Reported and MassDEP-adjusted values for residential gallons per capita day (RGPCD) and unaccounted-for water (UAW).

  • 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.

  • SWMI Technical Resources

    The SWMI Technical Resources webpage contains data generated during the SWMI process, including an on-line interactive GIS map. The webpage also contains Access databases, Excel files, GIS files and statewide SWMI maps for downloading, as well as links to relevant U.S. Geological Survey reports.

  • Firm Yield Estimator Tool  zip format of Firm Yield Estimator Tool
file size 6MB

    A downloadable tool for use by communities in estimating the yield of surface water reservoir systems, as part of compliance with the Water Management Act.

  • Firm Yield Estimator Tool Training Slides  pdf format of Firm Yield Estimator Tool Training Slides
file size 2MB

    Demonstration slides for the Firm Yield Estimator Tool.

  • Firm Yield Estimator Tool Documentation  pdf format of Firm Yield Estimator Tool Documentation
file size 3MB

    The Firm Yield Estimator is a software tool for estimating the firm yield of surface water reservoir systems in Massachusetts.

  • How to Maximize Water Loss Control  pdf format of How to Maximize Water Loss Control
file size 2MB

    Slide presentation on minimizing water loss in distribution systems: checking meters, monitoring flow data, locating and repairing leaks, and more.

  • Loss Detection & Prevention Efforts  pdf format of Loss Detection & Prevention Efforts

    Slide presentation on water-loss detection and prevention efforts in Southbridge, MA.

  • Wetland Hydrology Monitoring Guidance for Water Withdrawal Permit Compliance  pdf format of Wetland Hydrology Monitoring Guidance
doc format of                             Wetland Hydrology Monitoring Guidance

    Wetland hydrology monitoring is required for compliance with the terms of water-withdrawal permits issued under the Water Management Act. 

Water Management Act Annual Report Forms

Water Management Act Seasonal Demand Management Plan Forms