WS 36: Abandonment of Water Source

Approval for abandoning a water source

MassDEP Drinking Water Program

The Details

What you need

The purpose of this permit is to protect public health and welfare by ensuring the proper abandonment of a water source. The process will help eliminate the potential for groundwater contamination via open wells, and will help in maintaining minimum drinking water standards and guidelines associated with the surrounding aquifer.

Public water suppliers or their representatives must apply if they want to abandon a drinking water source.

Refer to Section 4.14 of Guidelines and Policies for Public Water Systems.


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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