wastewater systems & potable water supplies

Wastewater System and Potable Water Supply Rules

29 September 2007
(a) These Rules apply to the subdivision of land, the construction, modification or change in use of a building or structure, the creation or modification of a campground, and the construction, modification, replacement and operation of their associated potable water supplies and wastewater disposal systems. (b) These Rules regulate soil-based disposal systems with design flows of less than 6500 gallons per day and sewerage connections of any size. (c) These Rules regulate potable water supplies that are not subject to regulation under the Vermont Water Supply Rule as public water supplies.

Vermont Water Supply Rule

01 December 2010
This rule is intended to serve a number of purposes. First, and most important, the rule's primary purpose is to regulate water systems in the state so that they provide clean and safe drinking water to Vermont's citizens. This is true for the smallest, single house source to the state's largest system. The rule also establishes well construction standards (contained in Part 12 of Appendix A) which apply to every constructed well in Vermont regardless of the type of facility it serves. Second, by implementing this rule, Vermont qualifies to retain "primacy" for the Safe Drinking Water Act from the federal US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Primacy means that the state will administer the federal regulations that apply to all public water systems in the country, instead of EPA. Without state regulations that are at least as strict as the federal ones, Vermont may not administer the federal regulations. We think having primacy represents an advantage to Vermont's water systems. The federal regulations contain some optional provisions that permit exceptions to the regulations when mitigating factors make it difficult or impossible to follow the regulation. Also, there are situations where interpretations of the federal regulations can be made by states with primacy that provide some benefit to the public water systems. EPA has stated that, in the event that they have to administer their own rules in a state without primacy, they will not have the resources to provide most of these permitted exceptions to the regulations. Third, this document contains all of the state's major regulations concerning water systems in a single document, which, in spite of its size, makes it easier for both the regulators and the regulated community to carry out their respective roles. The Agency will bind the various parts of the rule (discussed below) into smaller packages that make sense for the intended recipient.

Fees, Applications and Permits

Various certifications and permits required by either state or federal rules and regulations. Permits for various wastewater and drinking water programs are linked below along with certifications and licenses for individuals.

Wastewater Systems and Potable Water Supplies Permit Applications

Regional Office Permits

New for 2016: ANR Online

The new application portal is located here: ANR Online.  To begin filling out an application,  click on the title of the Wastewater System and Potable Water Supply Permit Application which is specific to your Regional Office.  Further instructions are located on the opening pages of that form.

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