Rules, Regulations and Tools

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

Federal Rule-CFR 40
Code of Federal Regulations Title 40 Volume 22 Chapter 1 Parts 141-143 - effective July 1, 2009

Groundwater Protection Rule & Strategy
Chapter 12 - Groundwater Protection Rule and Strategy - effective December 16, 2016

Vermont State Statutes

Revised Total Coliform Rule - EPA Site


Other Tools and Information

Tools for use by Water System Operators or Engineering groups looking to work with the Drinking Water Supply side of the division. Essentials for water systems of every size:


Sanitary Surveys

The Drinking Water and Groundwater Protection Division conducts sanitary surveys no less frequently than every three years for community water systems and in-state bottled/bulk water facilities, and every five years for non-community water systems. At a minimum the survey must address the following eight sanitary survey components:

  1. Source
  2. Treatment
  3. Distribution system
  4. Finished water storage
  5. Pumps, pump facilities, and controls
  6. Monitoring, reporting, and data verification
  7. System management and operation
  8. Operator compliance with State requirements

The State may conduct more frequent sanitary surveys for any system.

Following the survey, the surveyor writes a letter following the survey to the water system which includes a proposed compliance schedule to address any significant deficiencies identified during the survey. The system has 30 days from the date of the letter to respond to the survey letter. System deficiencies need to be corrected within 120 days of the notification letter or in accordance with an alternate schedule approved by the Division.

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