Water Supply Protection
Pollution of Maine's drinking water by oil or hazardous substances is all too common. The Bureau is all too familiar with this problem since it is responsible for cleaning up private and public drinking water supplies polluted by oil or hazardous substances, often at public expense. The Bureau's goal is to minimize as much as possible public exposure to oil and hazardous substances and thereby address the associated public health risk. The Maine Legislature has enacted legislation to better protect private and public drinking water supply wells from such contamination.
Overview of An Act to Prevent Contamination of Drinking Water Supplies - This law governs the siting of new underground and aboveground oil storage facilities and some hazardous waste facilities. It also governs the installation of some home heating oil tanks.
Fact Sheet - Double Walled Home Heating Oil Tanks - Updated January 2010 (pdf format)
Fact Sheet - Siting Aboveground Oil Storage Tanks and Other Facilities that Pose a Significant Risk to Drinking Water (pdf format)
Fact Sheet - An Overview of An Act to Prevent Contamination of Drinking Water Supplies - June 5, 2008 (pdf format)
Facts & Figures - LD 2073, An Act to Prevent Contamination of Drinking Water Supplies - Maine DEP (pdf format)
Informational handout - Explanation of petroleum contaminated drinking water laboratory results for homeowners - August 2009 (pdf format)
Drinking Water Program (Off Site)
Oil Solid Fuel Board (Off Site)
State Fire Marshal's Office (Off Site)