WS 37: Approval of Transient Non-Community Source Less than 7 Gallons per Minute

Approval for the development of a transient non-community public water supply source

MassDEP Drinking Water Program

The Details

What you need

This is an approval for the development of a transient non-community public water supply source for which an approved withdrawal rate of less than 7 gallons per minute (10,000 gallons per day) is being sought.  The necessary components for a transient non-community source with an approved rate of less than 7 gallons per minute are described in the Drinking Water Program’s Guidelines and Policies for Public Water Systems. The Drinking Water Regulations, in particular 310 CMR 22.21, govern all aspects of the source development process.

This permit streamlines the source development process by reducing the required permits from two to one. It also reduces the required information for approval of the source and allows, in addition to Registered Professional Engineers and geologists skilled in water supply development, Massachusetts Registered Well Drillers to submit permit applications.

Any individual or company that intends to develop a source of public water with a yield of less than 7 gallons per minute and meets the definition of a transient non-community water system must apply for this approval.

The following requirements should be considered when applying:

  • A Request for Determination of Applicability (Form No. 1-310 CMR 10.99) as required under the Wetlands 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.
  • 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.


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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