WS 08: Zone II Approval

Approval of Zone II Delineation

MassDEP Drinking Water Program

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The Details   of WS 08: Zone II Approval

What you need   for WS 08: Zone II Approval

The approval is to determine technical acceptability of supporting data and recommended Zone II delineation for existing wells. 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). Procedures used to delineate Zone II boundaries must follow Guidelines and Policies for Public Water Systems, available from the State House Bookstore. The Zone II is delineated to accurately identify land areas which may be appropriate for certain land use restrictions or prohibitions to protect groundwater quality. Zone II approvals are required when implementing various MassDEP programs.

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. Municipalities must apply if they are conducting town-wide or localized groundwater studies for the purpose of enacting zoning and non-zoning controls to protect groundwater recharge areas.

Prior to applying, applicants must be sure that the information provided and the delineation procedure used are consistent with specific requirements outlined in Guidelines and Policies for Public Water Systems . Pay careful attention to model documentation because this information weighs heavily in MassDEP's decision to approve 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, 251 Causeway Street, Suite 900, 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 08: Zone II Approval

How to apply   WS 08: Zone II Approval

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

Next steps   for WS 08: Zone II Approval

  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 08 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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