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Welcome to the
Drinking Water and Groundwater Protection Division

In the Fall of 2011, the Water Supply Division and parts of the Wastewater Management Division merged to become the Drinking Water & Groundwater Protection Division (DWGWPD). The Division’s central office is located in the National Life Building in Montpelier, and there is also staff located in five regional offices.

Regulatory programs managed by the Division include, but are not limited to:
Public Drinking Water Supply
Groundwater Withdrawal (water)
Wastewater System and Potable Water Supply (Regional Offices – drinking water and wastewater)
Indirect Discharge (wastewater)
Underground Injection Control (wastewater)
The Division also certifies/licenses:
Public Drinking Water System Operators
Wastewater & Potable Water Supply Designers
Well Drillers

The above programs all have compliance and enforcement components as well as permit issuance responsibilities. The Division, along with State-approved regional and national organizations, provides technical assistance and educational opportunities to water system operators and site designers. The Division supports and/or co-sponsors training opportunities that enhance the technical abilities of our regulated communities, as well as, our own staff.

Within these pages you will find the rules and regulations under which each program regulates activities, applicable applications, forms, guidance, practices, procedures, information about the training opportunities for the individuals we license, lists of those individuals, and other related links.

Revised Total Coliform Rule (RTCR) Training for Operators to be Implemented April 1, 2016 -Presentation  NEW

NOTE:  This informal public comment period has been extended and will now end on October 23, 2015 instead of September 25, 2015. Pre-rulemaking DRAFT revised Groundwater Protection Rule and Strategy now available for comment August 21, 2105 to October 23, 2015 The current draft of the revised VT Groundwater Protection Rule and Strategy has been posted at the link above and on our Environmental Notices page for public comment prior to the start of the formal rulemaking process  The purpose of this Rule and Strategy is 1) to establish a) classes of groundwater; b) a process for groundwater reclassification and c) standards for groundwater quality protection and 2) to ensure that DEC regulatory programs protect groundwater resources.  The current Rule and Strategy is also available at this link.  Please send your comments on the draft to Christine.Thompson@vermont.gov  by the end of  10/23/2015.

Contacting the DWGWPD

Please go to the Staff and Location page to find a map for our regional offices. The map will link to information about the Barre, Essex Junction, Rutland, Springfield, and St. Johnsbury offices. Our main office is in Montpelier.

If you wish to contact Drinking Water and Groundwater Protection Division staff please call the numbers as listed or send an email to staff. You may also contact us by leaving a message on our main line at: 802-828-1535. The fax number for the Montpelier office is: 802-828-1541.

If you wish to meet with staff at the National Life building please call ahead to arrange a time, so staff can greet you in the lobby. All visitors are required to sign in and obtain a visitor's badge.

U.S Mail:
Drinking Water and Groundwater Protection Division
Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation
Agency of Natural Resources
1 National Life Drive (Main Building- Floor 2)
Montpelier, VT 05620-3521

IN THE EVENT OF A PUBLIC WATER SYSTEM EMERGENCY- Contact the Drinking Water and Groundwater Protection Division:

Phone: 802-828-1535 (during business hours 7:45am - 4:30pm weekdays)

For After-Hours Water System Emergencies: Dial 802-741-5311 - then enter your phone number (a local call within Vermont for a 24-hour pager for Drinking Water and Groundwater Protection emergency response)




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VT DEC Drinking Water and Groundwater Protection Division 1 National Life Drive, Main Building, 2nd Floor  Montpelier, VT  05620-3521
Telephone toll-free in VT: 800-823-6500 or call 802-241-3400    Fax: 802-828-1541

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