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The water vending machine program (WVM) is part of the Drinking Water Regulations, 310 CMR 22.00. For more information on the drinking water requirements see section 22.23, Use of Non-Centralized Treatment Devices and Bottled Water at 310 CMR 22.00: Massachusetts Drinking Water Regulations
In Massachusetts, the approval of a WVM is a multi-step process involving several agencies including the Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) and the Department of Public Health (DPH). The following are the steps to obtain approval of WVM in Massachusetts:
(If the WVM has already received MassDEP's approval go to Step 2.)
The following information shall be submitted with all permit applications: BRP WS31 and BRP WS11:
A. With Third Party Approval: If the vending model has been approved by a third party certifying agency acceptable to MassDEP, such as the National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA), submit the above noted information in the permit application:
B. Without Third Party Approval: If the vending machine does not have NAMA approval or any other third party acceptable to MassDEP, submit the above noted information in the permit application:
Per USEPA's definition, water vending machines are public water systems (PWS) and are classified as transient non-community (TNC) as part of the approval process for BRP WS30 and BRP WS35. As such, the WVM shall be registered with MassDEP Regional Offices as a PWS class TNC. For further information on the requirements of TNC systems see the Massachusetts Drinking Water Regulations, 310 CMR 22.00.
The Department of Public Health's Food Protection Program also requires a license and approval for installing a water vending machine at each location. For more information see or contact the DPH/Food Protection Program at 617-983-6700.
Be aware of the following requirements: