Governing Law and Regulations
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Bureau of Resource Protection
Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation Division of Professional Licensure Boards Board of Certification of Operators of Drinking Water Supply Facilities
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 1
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. The state generally follows the federal regulations for public drinking water supplies under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), with additional standards for specific compounds. Under the Massachusetts Water Management Act, the state regulates activities related to water use planning and management, permits, water withdrawals, fee schedules, water rates, and water emergencies. This includes regulations that cover the protection of groundwater used for water supply as well as the ownership of water supply lands.
• Administration and enforcement. The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) Bureau of Resource Protection has been designated the state primacy agency by the U.S. ...