WS 07: Zone II Pumping Test

Approval to conduct a pumping test to delineate the Zone II for an existing well

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The Details   of WS 07: Zone II Pumping Test

What you need   for WS 07: Zone II Pumping Test

This approval is necessary to conduct a pumping test in order to delineate the Zone II for an existing well. Zone II is that area of an aquifer which contributes water to a well under the most severe pumping conditions that can be realistically anticipated (180 days of pumping at safe yield with no recharge from precipitation). Pumping tests must be conducted in accordance with Guidelines and Policies for Public Water Systems.

The pumping test is conducted in order to evaluate the hydrogeologic characteristics of the aquifer. This is necessary to accurately delineate the Zone II. After the Zone II is delineated, the town or water supplier may wish to implement wellhead protection zoning and non-zoning controls to protect groundwater quality.

A public water supply system must apply if it has been approved to pump 100,000 gallons per day or greater, but has not yet delineated the existing well's Zone II, and is required to pursue a Water Management Act Permit.

Prior to applying, applicants should consider how the data collected during the pumping tests will assist with generating the Zone II boundary. Please consult MassDEP staff prior to the pumping test concerning the data necessary for the delineation.

Note: Approvals of this type may require MEPA review. Please carefully examine 301 CMR 11.00, the MEPA Regulations, to determine if your project exceeds the MEPA review thresholds, or for more information contact the MEPA Unit of the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs, 100 Cambridge Street, Boston MA 02114, 617-626-1020. MassDEP cannot begin technical review of the application until the MEPA process has been completed, unless otherwise agreed to in writing. Copies of MEPA filings should be sent to the appropriate program offices in Boston and the MEPA Coordinator in the appropriate Regional Office.

Note: These additional requirements are intended to serve as a guide to the applicant. It does not necessarily include all additional requirements.

Fees   for WS 07: Zone II Pumping Test

How to apply   WS 07: Zone II Pumping Test

File online via the EEA ePlace Portal. See details below.

Next steps   for WS 07: Zone II Pumping Test

  1. Review the Instructions

    Guidance on how to prepare your certification and file it online, as follows:

  2. Complete the Certification Form

    Please fill out and save the Microsoft Word or Acrobat Adobe PDF form on your computer.

    Important Note: Even when applying online, you will still need to complete the WS Certification Form and upload it as an attachment during the online filing process. Please do not mail in this form.

  3. Submit your Online Application/Documents and Fee Payment

    1. File online via the EEA ePLACE Portal. Please note: There is no need to submit a Transmittal Form or WS Application Form. See instructions above for documents that are required for the WS 07 application.
    2. For additional guidance on navigating the EEA ePLACE Portal, please follow this link - EEA ePLACE Portal Instruction Documents
    3. You will have the option to Pay Online by credit card or automated clearing house (ACH) or pay by mail. If you select pay by mail option, instructions on how to do so will be provided when you submit your online application.

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