Approvals

An approval must be obtained from the Drinking Water Program for:
  • Creation of a new Public Water System
  • Connection of a new or reconnection of a previously used but currently inactive drinking water source
  • Closure or deactivation of a drinking water source
  • Implementation of Site Sampling, Backflow Prevention and Emergency Operations plans
  • Closure of a Public Water System
The Drinking Water Program does not review or approve drinking water infrastructure projects for the construction of water distribution system pipelines, pressure reducing valve stations, ground water wells, storage tanks, booster pump stations, ground water production facilities or water treatment facilities. Infrastructure projects are reviewed and approved by the Subdivision, Infrastructure and Planning Program or the Water and Wastewater Treatment Program. For questions concerning these types of approvals please contact these programs directly.

Creation of a New Public Water System

Three types of Public Water Systems are regulated by the Drinking Water Program:
  • Community Public Water System
  • Non-Transient Non-Community Public Water System
  • Transient Non-Community Public Water System
Creation of a new Public Water System requires a series of approvals from a number of different regulatory agencies. The requirements for creating a new Public Water System, Non-Transient Non-Community Public Water System or Transient Non-Community Public Water System are listed in a Fact Sheet for each type of system. The Fact Sheet can be found on the Forms/Applications page.

Please contact the Drinking Water Program to obtain additional information on how to create a new Public Water System.

Connection of a New or Reconnection of a Previously Used Drinking Water Source


Typical drinking water sources to a Public Water System are ground water wells or surface water treatment plants. Prior to connecting a new drinking water source or reconnecting a previously used but currently inactive drinking water source to a Public Water System, a Source Approval must be obtained from the Drinking Water Program. The application form for a Drinking Water Source Approval can be found on the Forms/Applications page.

Please contact the Drinking Water Program to obtain additional information on how to obtain a drinking water source approval.

Closure or Deactivation of a Drinking Water Source


The Drinking Water Program must be notified when a drinking water source is to be closed or is to be deactivated for more than three years. Please contact the Drinking Water Program to obtain additional information regarding the notification, closure and deactivation requirements.

Site Sampling, Backflow Prevention & Emergency Operation Plans


Site Sampling, Backflow Prevention and Emergency Operation Plans for Public Water Systems require an approval by the Drinking Water Program prior to their implementation. Please contact the Drinking Water Program to obtain additional information on how to obtain these plan approvals.

Closure of a Public Water System


The Drinking Water Program must be notified when a Public Water System is to be closed. Please contact the Drinking Water Program to obtain additional information regarding the notification and closure requirements.