WS 13: Approval to Site a Source and Conduct a Pumping Test for a Source less than 70 Gallons per Minute

Approval to assess the water resource potential of a site

MassDEP Drinking Water Program

The Details

What you need

This is an approval relative to evaluating the water resource potential of a particular site. The necessary components of a site approval request, the subsequent site exam and pumping test proposal are described in the Guidelines and Policies for Public Water Systems . The Drinking Water Regulations govern all aspects of the source development process.

The reason sites are evaluated and approved or disapproved at this point is to identify any circumstances which might negate the possibility of using the site. This assists the applicant in avoiding the potentially unnecessary expenses associated with the next costly step, which is the pumping test. For example: the inability to own the Zone I; extremely poor water quality, historical spills or leaks of hazardous materials; and, extensive development of the preliminary conceptual Zone II (if applicable), are all issues that could influence the approval of the site for development as a drinking water source.

Approval of a pumping test proposal is granted after MassDEP has determined that the hydrologic and water quality information, necessary to approve the source, will be generated before, during and after the pumping test.

Any individual, company, municipality or district intending to develop a public source of water supply serving 15 service connections or 25 individuals at least 60 days per year must submit WS 13: Approval to Site a Source and Conduct a Pumping Test for a Source less than 70 Gallons per Minute.

The following requirements should be considered when applying for this approval:

  • A Request for Determination of Applicability (Form No. 1-310 CMR 10.99) as required under the Wetland Protection Act MGL c. 131 s. 40 and the regulations at 310 CMR 10.00 must be filed with the local conservation commission if work is proposed within 100 feet of a wetland.
  • The site examination and sanitary land use survey precede the review and approval to conduct a pumping test.
  • Before applying for this approval consideration should be given to the ability to own the Zone I; and
  • How surrounding development and history may influence water quality and how the site lends itself to development.

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 02202; (617-727-5830). MassDEP cannot begin technical review of the permit application until the MEPA process has been completed, unless otherwise agreed to in writing. Copies of MEPA filings (with reference to any applicable Transmittal numbers) 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.

How to apply

See details below.

Next steps

  1. Review the Instructions

    Guidance on how to prepare your application, including a completeness checklist.

  2. Complete the Application Form

    You may fill out and save the Microsoft Word form on your computer.  The PDF version has to be printed out and completed by hand.

  3. Obtain a Transmittal Form and Number

    A unique Transmittal Number is needed for each application you submit to MassDEP.

  4. Lookup the Permit Application Fee

  5. Mail Your Application and Fee Payment

    Submit your application fee payment and a copy of your Transmittal Form to:

    Department of Environmental Protection
    PO Box 4062
    Boston, MA 02211

    Submit your completed, signed application and your original Transmittal Form to the appropriate MassDEP Regional Office (see listing below).


MassDEP Boston
1 Winter Street, Boston, MA 02108


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