Compliance files, 1935-[ongoing] (bulk 1960-1976)

Massachusetts Division of Water Supply


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Arranged alphabetically by municipality, thereunder alphabetically by subject.
As part of their mandate to protect drinking water supplies in Massachusetts, the Division of Water Supply and its predecessors have had overall supervisory authority over municipal and district water systems, pursuant to MGLA c 111, ss 159-174. Series has been created by the division and its predecessors to monitor compliance with clean water standards, to approve projects related to water delivery systems, and to investigate occasional water supply problems such as discoloration and odor -- Files contain correspondence, reports, copies of plans and drawings, chemical and bacterial analysis forms, copies of permits, and clippings. Topics include water main inspections, conditions placed on sewerline construction, engineering methods in pipe laying, remedial action taken in water quality problems, well site characteristics, river flow standards, impact of construction on water supply quality, conditions placed on projects to investigate deleterious impact, test well analysis, safety of recreational bathing areas, watershed yields, and comments on proposed legislation.
State oversight of public drinking water supplies and systems has been exercised successively by the following agencies: State Board of Health (1869-1879), State Board of Health, Lunacy, and Charity (1879-1886), and State Board of Health (1886-1914); also State Dept. of Health (1914-1919) and Dept. of Public Health (1919-1975), specifically from 1914 under the Division of Sanitary Engineering, renamed Division of Environmental Health in 1969 (including its Bureau of Water Supply and Water Quality). As of 1975 the division's functions were transferred to the Dept. of Environmental Quality Engineering (renamed Dept. of Environmental Protection in 1989), where that relating to water supply was assigned to the Division of Water Supply within the Bureau of Resource Protection.
Agency history record (CStRLIN)MASVAH0283-A describes the history and functions of the Division of Environmental Health.
Agency history record (CStRLIN)MASVAH0177-A describes the history and functions of the Division of Water Supply.

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