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Water Management Act Grant Programs for Public Water Suppliers

Descriptions of grants available to help water suppliers comply with the requirements of the Water Management Act.

Grants are available for projects to help public water suppliers plan and manage water use in their communities. 

Statewide Water Management Act Grant

This grant program is designed to assist eligible public water suppliers and municipalities with Water Management Act permits by providing funds for planning assistance, demand management, and withdrawal impact mitigation projects in local communities. The Department has determined that the focus of these grants will be for: 1) planning projects for specific watersheds or subwatersheds to identify implementation projects to improve ecological conditions; 2) conservation projects aimed to reduce the demand for water within a municipality or a watershed, such as rate studies or drought resiliency planning; and 3) withdrawal mitigation projects that address the following: improve or increase instream flow, wastewater projects that keep water local, stormwater management projects that improve recharge, reduce impervious cover and/or improve water quality, water supply operational improvements, habitat improvement, demand management, reduction of wastewater inflow and infiltration, and other projects that can be demonstrated to mitigate the impacts of water withdrawals.

  • Awards: approximately 10 per year
  • Reimbursement rate: 80%

Grant Links:

2018 Water Management Act Grant Procurement Summary
Summary of proposals recommended for funding in the 2018 grant round.

Water Management Act Grant Q&A
Questions and answers from a public informational hearing.

Water Management Act Grant Opportunity Notice

RFR BRP 2018-01, State Fiscal Year 2018 Water Management Act Grant


Additional forms to attach to application:

Prompt Pay Discount Form

Sample EEA Policy Statement

Additional Environmentally Preferable Products/Practices Form


Additional Resources for Statewide Water Management Act Grant

Statewide GIS Mapping Technical Assistance Available

The Department is soliciting interest from Public Water Suppliers (PWSs) and Publicly Owned Treatment Works (POTWs) to receive free technical assistance in developing Geographic Information System (GIS) maps of their drinking water distribution or sewer collection systems from a private consulting firm (the consulting firm has yet to be determined). Based on the response to this Request for Interest (RFI), a list of PWSs and POTWs approved for the GIS mapping will be included in a consulting services Request for Quotes (RFQ) to be released by MassDEP later this year. Please see the Request for Interest document linked below for details on how to respond to this RFI. 

Additional Resources for Statewide GIS Mapping Technical Assistance Available


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