In accordance with Sudbury Water District’s System Rules and Regulations:

Any person, excavator or entity seeking to perform work involving the District’s public drinking water distribution system including but not limited to water main, service pipe and fire pipe excavation, installation, alteration, disconnection, repair or , relocation on both public and private ways and parcels must hold or acquire a valid Water Contractor’s license issued by the Sudbury Water District.

  • Water Contractor’s Licenses expire annually on December 31
  • All water work must meet or exceed the District’s general regulations and standard requirements

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Submit the following together with your Water Contractor License Application
A. $50.00 Annual Application Fee
B. 1-Copy (front & back) Valid MA Hoisting License
C. 1-Copy Valid Certificate of Liability Insurance (see limits on application)
D. 1-Copy License and Permit Bond, sum of $5,000.00 (five thousand dollar penalty)
E. 3 Letter’s of Municipal Reference (new applicants only, renewals exempt)

Contact 978-443-6602. 48-hours advanced notice is required for all appointments and apply to both domestic and fire pipe services. Appointments are not scheduled on weekends, holidays or after regular work hours:

  • Water Main Taps
  • Trench Inspection, Service Installations
  • Residential Meter Installations
  • Commercial Meter Inspections
  • Backflow Prevention Device Installations
  • Service Disconnections (cut/caps)
  • The Domestic service pipe and fire pipe must have a separate tap and curb stop/box, they cannot be interconnected in anyway.  Installation of a new domestic or fire service or alteration of existing domestic or fire pipe requires approval from the District.SUBMITTAL’S

    Contact Sudbury Fire Department directly for information regarding Residential or Commercial fire sprinkler standards and specifications.

  • Service Line trench depth shall be a maximum of (5) feet from the surface unless otherwise approved in writing by the Executive Director.
  • Trench bottom shall be free of rocks or sharp objects and should be compacted to prevent settlement.
  • Before installation, pipe should be inspected for cuts, punctures, or excessive abrasion.
  • Pipe should be blown out before final connections are made to eliminate any dirt or sand that may have entered the pipe during installation.
  • Pipe shall be pressure tested before being fully backfilled, (partial backfill to hold the pipe in place).
  • 1-inch 3408 POLYETHYLENE (PE) standard CTS 200 PSI tubing shall be used with Direct Bury Trace Wire or Magnetic Tape (early warning tape) shall be installed in trench, (18) inches below ground surface for all pipes.
  • Prior to installation the property owner shall ascertain that the dwelling and domestic service pipe is meter ready by exposing the curb stop/box from accumulated soils, loam etc.
  • Plumbing shall be completed in a manner that permits installation of the meter closest to the point of entry of the water service pipe.
  • Meters shall be installed horizontally.
  • A minimum of 6″ clearance from walls and a minimum of 12″ and maximum of 18” clearance from floors shall be provided to fit the meter assembly.
  • The property owner shall be responsible to provide a support for the meter assembly and adjacent piping such that there is no undue strain on the piping.
  • The property owner shall provide a suitable location for the meter assembly, associated wiring, conduits, and penetration points.
  • Provisions must be made for a location that does not interfere with beams, columns, panels, and other obstructions, both on the interior and exterior of the building.
  • The meter must be physically assessable at all times within the building, at no time shall a permanent structure be built around the meter preventing access for maintenance, testing, replacement and upgrading.
  • District personnel shall install a first valve and install and activate the meter assembly.
  • A Massachusetts licensed plumber shall install the second valve and pressure reducing valve.

RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS, water service shall be turned on after:

  • District personnel has inspected and approved the domestic or fire service trench and pipe installation.
  • District personnel has installed the first valve and installed and activated the meter assembly (applicable up to 1″ in diameter.)
  • The plumber has installed the second valve and pressure reducing valve.
  • A backflow prevention device (when applicable) has been installed in compliance with the approved backflow prevention device design data sheet and has passed initial testing and inspection.

COMMERCIAL, INDUSTRIAL AND COMMUNITY RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS, water service shall be turned on after:

  • District personnel has documented that the trench has been inspected and approved the installation of the domestic or fire pipe installation.
  • District personnel has inspected and approved the installation of the Commercial meter assembly (applicable above 1″ in diameter.)
  • The plumber has installed the second valve and pressure reducing valve.
  • A backflow prevention device (when applicable) has been installed in compliance with the approved backflow prevention device design data sheet and has passed initial testing and inspection.

Note: Installation of Commercial, Industrial and Community Residential Buildings requiring a meter above 1″ in diameter is the responsibility and expense of the property owner.

Only District personnel shall turn on/off the water service at the curb stop/box.

  • The District owns and maintains the meter and first valve measuring up to 1-inch in diameter, only District personnel or those authorized by the District shall perform maintenance on or remove meters up to 1-inch in diameter.
  • All plumbing after the water meter shall be owned, installed, and maintained by the property owner.
  • The property owner shall install a second valve and pressure reducing valve immediately after the meter.
  • Meter assembly’s s above 1-inch in diameter are owned and maintained by the property owner at the property owners’ expense and are subject to inspection of all work performed and periodic testing by District personnel.
  • The property owner shall be responsible for the protection of the meter assembly and appurtenances regardless of size from damage due to activities on the premises, freezing and other possible causes.

A Cross Connection is any actual or potential physical connection or arrangement between a pipe conveying potable water from a public water system and any non-potable water supply, piping arrangement or equipment including, but not limited to, waste pipe, soil pipe, sewer, drain, other unapproved sources. An Unapproved Source means the source or distribution system for any water or other liquid or substance which has not been approved by the MassDEP as being of safe and sanitary quality for human consumption, including but not limited to any waste pipe, soil pipe, sewer, drain, or non-acceptable potable water system material.

PLUMBING SUBMITTALS:

  • 1-COPY of the BACKFLOW PREVENTION DEVICE PLAN for District approval.
  • 1-COPY of the BACKFLOW PREVENTION DEVICE DESIGN DATA SHEET
  • 1-COPY of the PLUMBING PERMIT (except for the installation of backflow prevention devices on fire protection systems)

As required by 248 CMR 2.14, constituting installation approval pursuant to 310 CMR 22.22.  No plumbing permit shall be issued for cross connection installations requiring Reduced Pressure Zone Backflow Preventer’s or Double Check Valve Assemblies until the application for such permit is accompanied by a signed letter of approval from the District’s designated Massachusetts certified Cross Connection Surveyor.

RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL FIRE SPRINKLER SUBMITTALS:

  • 1-COPY of the BACKFLOW PREVENTION DEVICE PLAN for District approval.
  • 1-COPY of the BACKFLOW PREVENTION DEVICE DESIGN DATA SHEET

Design data sheets and plans for the installation of a backflow prevention device on fire protection systems shall not be approved by the District until a sprinkler permit has been issued by the Sudbury Fire Department.

ACCESS/POSITION OF THE BACKLOW PREVENTION DEVICE:

  • The reduced pressure backflow preventer and shut-off valves must be installed in a horizontal alignment between three and four feet from the floor to the bottom of the device and a minimum of 12 inches from any wall. Vertical installation of devices shall be determined by the public water system.
  • The reduced pressure backflow preventer shall be located so as to permit easy access and provide adequate and convenient space for maintenance, inspection, and testing. The owner of the device shall be able to shut down water lines after reasonable notice during normal business hours to permit necessary testing and maintenance of the device, provided that if it is not possible to meet this requirement a by-pass line equipped with an approved type reduced pressure backflow preventer shall be installed.

MassDEP Cross Control Regulations 310 CMR 22.22  

Complete and submit a  Backflow Prevention Device Design Data Sheet for District review and approval together with a General Water Permit Application, associated permits as required and applicable fees.

Required Piping Schematics:

  • A fully labeled detailed schematic of the potable and non-potable water piping immediately surrounding the backflow prevention device installation.
  • Schematic must be printed on an 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheet and include a complete title block.

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By USPS:

Sudbury Water District
P.O. Box 111
Sudbury, MA 01776

By Hand Delivery:

Sudbury Water District
199 Raymond Road
Sudbury, MA 01776

By Email:
customerservice@sudburywater.com

A final meter reading and inspection is required to transfer ownership. A Final Water Statement will be prepared for the Real Estate Settlement. Payment shall be  made in-person at the District Administration office. Upon payment in full a receipt will be provided for closing and the account will transfer to the new owner.