SECTION 1. The Department of Environmental Protection shall immediately report any violations of standards or regulations regulating the quality of water used for drinking, domestic or culinary purposes to the department of Public Health. If the Department of Public Health ascertains from its own inspection or from the report of the Department of Environmental Protection that there is a violation of those regulations or standards which may endanger the public health, it may order the appropriate part to cease violating the regulation and to take whatever steps are necessary to purify the water. If any such order of the Department of Public Health conflicts with any order of the Department of Environmental Protections, the order of the Department of Public Health shall take precedence. Such an order will be enforceable by the superior court sitting in equity upon the petition of the department of public health.
SECTION 2. Within 60 days of enactment, the Department of Environmental Protection shall provide local boards of health with real-time read-only access to all Public Water Supply water quality testing results contained in the eDEP database, or any such successor database system. Said access may be controlled only as is necessary to ensure that proper security measures are followed, such as through the use of password-protected accounts, and/ or log-in through the MA virtual gateway, or VPN. The local boards of health shall have no restriction to read-only access to Public Water Supply monitoring results and related records, except as explicitly provided by the Public Records Law, when such exemptions apply, and when properly cited exemptions are invoked. Database access shall include the ability to download all water quality data in a common and searchable digital format, such as spreadsheet, comma separated variable, or other common database formats. Text based documents shall be made available in a common downloadable format such as pdf.
SECTION 3. Within 120 days of enactment, the department shall provide read-only access to all Public Water Supply water quality testing results contained in the eDEP database to the general public and the new media, in a manner similar to that provided to local boards of health.
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