Massachusetts Drinking Water regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Massachusetts Drinking Water: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Drinking water regulations: 310 Code of Massachusetts Regulations (CMR) 22.01 to 22.26

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Massachusetts Water Management Act, Massachusetts General Laws (MGL), Chapter 21G, Sections 1 to 19

Operation of water systems: 310 CMR 22.04

Revised Total Coliform Rule (RTCR): 310 CMR 22.05

Groundwater supply protection: 310 CMR 22.21

Water supply lands: 310 CMR 22.24

Cross-connection protection: 310 CMR 22.22

Water user fee: 310 CMR 21.01 to 21.14

Water system operator: 310 CMR 22.11B and 236 CMR 4.01 to 4.07

Laboratory certification: 310 CMR 22.11A

Water emergencies: MGL, Chapter 21G, Section 15

Regulatory Agencies

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. ...


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Governing Law and Regulations
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Comparison: State vs. Federal
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