Water System Transfers
Water systems will sometimes change characteristics that
may move the water system into a different classification
that results in an upgrade from a DOH regulated Limited Use
Public Water System to a public water system that is covered
under the FSDWA, or a downgrade from a FSDWA public water
system to a DOH Limited Use Public Water System.
Changes in water system characteristics may include an
increase or decrease in the number of service connections or
population, the lack of the provision of water for oral
consumption, or a change in the type of business being
served by the respective water system.
In order for the transfer process to be conducted in a
manner that's acceptable to both agencies, its important
that representatives from both agencies conduct an on-site
joint inspection of the water system and an interview with
the owners or agents of the property and water system.
The DOH and DEP Central Offices have jointly developed a
public water system transfer form that is to be completed
and signed by the personnel from both agencies during the
joint inspection, officially transferring the water system
to the other agency. A copy of the signed transfer form is
provided to the representatives of each agency.
Following the official transfer of the water system, copies
of all water system files are promptly sent to the receiving
Water systems shall only be transferred once from one agency
to another during any given calendar year.
See Appendix B of the
DEP/DOH Interagency Agreement (pdf <1mb) and the
Interagency Transfer Form (pdf <1mb).
During the interagency transfer process for public water
systems, it's important that a mutual agreement is made by
the representatives of both the CHDs and the DEP District
Offices during the joint inspection. If however a
disagreement exists between the agencies as to the proper
jurisdiction of the water system, then the issue should be
brought to the attention of the DOH and DEP Central Offices
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