drinking water

Transient Non-Community Water Systems

In Vermont, people assume that the drinking water they consume while recreating, dining out, traveling, and staying overnight at public facilities is safe to drink. To make this assumption a reality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Vermont Drinking Water and Groundwater Protection Division (DWGWPD) have guidelines to help facilities serving the public provide safe drinking water.  These guidelines apply to transient non-community (TNC) water systems. 


Cyanobacteria Importance to Drinking Water Facilities

PCWS, NTNC, TNC and Domestic Bottled and Bulk Water Operating Permits


All Public Water Supply Systems (PCWS, NTNC, TNC) are required to have a source water permit for any new source, hydrofracturing or deepening of an existing source, or any increase in withdrawal of an existing source. Applicants for a permit must comply with the Water Supply Rule Chapter 21.

The Source Permit Program Map indicates which hydrogeologist is responsible for which county.

Consumer Confidence Reports

All Public Community Water Systems are required to provide Consumer Confidence Reports (CCRs) to their consumers by July 1. 

The following short presentation provides guidance on how to complete your CCR using the template provided below.  Please take a few minutes to review this information which provides a brief overview on what to include in your CCR, what can be removed from the template, and how to make sure each section is complete prior to distribution.  Completing Your CCR

Rules and Regulations

Drinking Water Related Rules

Rules and regulations that apply to drinking water systems in the state of Vermont. This includes state statutes as well as federal guidelines that apply to regulated drinking water systems in Vermont.

Water Supply Rule - For Public Water Systems that serve 25 or more people
Adopted Water Supply Rule effective December 1, 2010

Well Drillers Licensing and Reporting

The Drinking Water and Groundwater Protection Division licenses well drillers constructing wells in the State of Vermont, in addition to, maintains a database of wells drilled and their locations.


Groundwater Reclassification

The VT Groundwater Protection Rule and Strategy is currently under revision. When a new draft is available for public comment, it will be posted here. The purpose of this Rule and Strategy is: to establish classes of groundwater; a process for groundwater reclassification; standards for groundwater quality protection, and to ensure that DEC regulatory programs protect groundwater resources.

Groundwater Protection Rule & Strategy


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