WS 19: Approval of Pumping Test Report for Source of 70 Gallons per Minute or Greater

Approval of pumping test report

MassDEP Drinking Water Program

The Details

What you need

The approval of the pumping test report includes the approval of the following items:

  • the pumping test analysis;
  • the Zone II delineation;
  • the Groundwater Monitoring Well Program;
  • the wellhead protection nonzoning and zoning controls.

The regulatory requirements for the Source Approval process are presented in 310 CMR 22.21 and described in detail in the Division of Water Supply's Guidelines and Policies for Public Water Systems (available at the State House Bookstore).

Approval of the four items mentioned above are an indication that the area contributing water to the well has been defined and that there are water quality protective mechanisms in place within this delineated area.

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 apply for this approval.

General awareness that following approval of the Final Source Report, the project proponent should submit a permit application to the Division of Water Supply, Water Management Act in Boston. Prior to submitting the Source Final Report for approval, the directives provided by 310 CMR 22.21, and the Division of Water Supply's Guidelines and Policies for Public Water Systems should all be consulted.

The final approval in the Source Approval process is the approval to construct the source.

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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