Proposed Amended Wastewater System and Potable Water Supply Rules
The Wastewater System and Potable Water Supply Rules were last updated in 2007. This amendment comprehensively reorganizes and revises the rule to increase clarity. It incorporates legislative directives adopted after the last rule update, including requirements that permit applicants notify other landowners of pending applications, that groundwater potable water sources be tested for water quality prior to use, and that surface water can be a source for potable water supplies serving single-family residences. The amendment also establishes new water quality sampling requirements; adds provisions specific to non-pathogenic wastewater; expands options for the design of wastewater systems; creates additional permitting exemptions to reduce administrative burdens on the public; and consolidates provisions on potable water supplies. The Water Supply Rule is concurrently amended to remove provisions on potable water supplies and the Indirect Discharge Rules is concurrently amended to clarify they will not regulate small sewage and non-sewage wastewater systems.
REGIONAL OFFICE PROGRAM
The Regional Office Program issues water/wastewater permits (WW Permits) for soil based wastewater systems with flows of less than 6,500 gallons per day, for potable water supplies (water supplies that are not public water supplies), and for municipal water and sewer connections. Permitting staff are located in five Regional Offices. Staff also administers the licensed designer program and reviews innovative and alternative systems for potential use in the state.
The regional offices map provides office, program and contact information for each region.
Financial assistance is also available to homeowners who need to replace their water or wastewater supply.
Guidance, practices and procedures help applicants navigate the Regional Offices program.
Archived guidance documents, including rules, are also found here.
Innovative and Alternative wastewater products approved by the program.
Permits require a qualified licensed designer to design the water or wastewater system.
Click on this link for information on Municipal Connections.
Municipalities may receive permission to administer the WW permit program, called Municipal Delegation.
- Permit Search
- Search for a Division-issued permit for wastewater and water system
- Permit Applications
- Applications for water/wastewater permits
- Certification by Signature on an Application for a Wastewater System and Potable Water Supply Permit
- Permit Fees
- Wastewater Permit Fees effective JULY 1, 2015
- Fee definition document
- Fee examples
- Licensed Designer
- Permits require a qualified licensed designer to design the water or wastewater system.
- Permit Documents
- Importance of Understanding Your Regional Office Permit
- Vermont Permit Handbook
PUBLIC EDUCATION AND OUTREACH
Regional Office Wastewater System & Potable Water Supply Program Public Education and Outreach page
REPORTED SEWAGE OVERFLOW INCIDENTS
View information regarding recent sewer overflows that have been reported to the Watershed Management Division's Wastewater Management Section.
All rules governing the regional office program are found on one page.
TECHNICAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE
The Regional Office program receives guidance on the technical issues of the Rules from the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) which is appointed by the Governor. Information on the scheduled meetings and meeting minutes can be found on the TAC page.
WELL INFORMATION - PRIVATE WATER SUPPLIES
Are you purchasing or selling a property with an onsite well?
You should read information regarding a law that was enacted during the 2011-12 legislative session concerning testing of private water supplies.
You can also find information about your private water supply (onsite well) from the Vermont Department of Health private well section and the Regional Office Wastewater System & Potable Water Supply Program Public Education and Outreach page.
REGIONAL OFFICE MAP
(Click on the Regional Office link for your town below)
- Montpelier (Please note the Barre Regional Office has moved to Montpelier)
- St. Johnsbury