What's New

​New items in the Water Supply Program web page.

COVID-19 Extension of Renewal Dates for Water and Wastewater Operators and for Drinking Water Samplers

The letters linked below are notice to Water and Wastewater Operators and to Drinking Water Samplers that MDE is  administratively extending renewal dates per the Governor's Executive Order.

MDE's Survey for Operators Interested in COVID-19 Regional Response

As a result of the COVID-19 health crisis, utilities are faced with many additional challenges, including plant staffing. MDE is seeking water, wastewater, and industrial wastewater operators who are currently employed as circuit riders, or who may be interested in assisting other utilities as one's certification(s) allow. By completing the survey, you are providing valuable insight for Maryland's utilities and MDE. Operators interested in providing assistance must respond to the survey by Friday April 3rd.

The survey and a summary of responses will be posted on the Board of Waterworks and Waste Systems Operators web page on MDE's website. Board staff will facilitate utilities and operators who are interested in participating. Utilities that require staffing assistance should contact the Water Supply Program or Wastewater Compliance Program directly.

For questions or additional information, please contact the Water Supply Program at watersupply@maryland.gov. Thank you for your time and assistance with this survey.

​PFAS—MDE's Ongoing Evaluation of PFAS


Lead Testing in Drinking Water In Schools

water-supplyDuring the 2017 legislative session, the Maryland General Assembly passed House Bill 270:  Testing for Lead in Drinking Water – Public and Nonpublic Schools, mandating all occupied public and nonpublic schools serving children in prekindergarten to grade 12 to periodically test for the presence of lead in all drinking water outlets. The Water Supply Program has developed a web page that provides guidance materials (e.g. sampling instructions, a list of State-certified laboratories, training presentation, etc.), State forms (e.g. deferral, waiver, parent notification, etc.), templates, and other helpful information. The web page may be accessed here: http://mde.maryland.gov/programs/Water/water_supply/Pages/Testing-For-Lead-In-Drinking-Water-Public-and-Nonpublic-Schools.aspx



Climate Change Adaptation for Maryland Water Utilities

Image of LakeClimate Change Adaptation for Maryland Water Utilities is a brochure that explains how your water system can better prepare for impacts from climate change.



Notice of Recent Applications Received for Water Appropriation Permits

Image of Bypass Operation at Deep Creek LakeThe listing of notices below reflect new applications for withdrawals in excess of 10,000 gallons per day.



Deep Creek Lake: Permit Renewal Application

Captured from MD St Hwy Live Feed US-219 at Deep Creek LakeThe existing permit for the operation of Deep Creek Station, GA1992S009(08) is due to expire on April 1, 2019. On October 11, 2018, Brookfield Power Piney & Deep Creek Lake LLC, applied to renew their permit. This application has been assigned permit application number GA 1992S009/09. Facts and documents related to Deep Creek Lake and this permit are linked here.  


Fair Hill Special Event Zone—Water Appropriation and Use Permit Applications CE1988G083/08 and CE2018S002/01

Image of Areal View of SiteA public informational hearing was held on November 12, 2019 concerning these applications by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources to withdraw an annual average allocation of 79,000 gallons of water per day (gpd) at Fair Hill. Further details concerning these application can be found on this page.

Update (January 23, 2020)—Proposed draft permit conditions are available for review and comment.



For More Information

For more information contact the Water Supply Program at 410-537-3702 or water.supply@maryland.gov.