The best way to safeguard our drinking water is to PREVENT IT FROM GETTING CONTAMINATED IN THE FIRST PLACE by protecting it at its source.
In Pennsylvania, we’re seemingly blessed with an abundance of water, and we tend to take the quality of our drinking water for granted. UNTIL something goes wrong.
Noting that it often takes a disaster to provide a wake up call, Tom McCaffrey, of PA DEP’s Southwest Region, says he has seen increased interest in Sourcewater Protection since a 2008 scare on the Monongahela River.
In Pennsylvania, Source Water Protection programs are voluntary efforts that help community water systems protect their sources of raw water. Having a program in place provides multiple benefits, including:
Source Water Protection programs are typically designed and implemented with input from a broad range of local stakeholders-and though they share common elements, each is tailored to a community water system’s specific circumstances.
In Pennsylvania, assistance is available through the DEP’s Source Water Protection Technical Assistance Program (SWPTAP), which is designed as a suite of services to help water suppliers to develop and establish local SWP programs.
- The Basics of Source Water Protection
- Source Water Protection Overview and Benefits
- Source Water Protection Technical Assistance Program in PA (SWPTAP)
- Funding Source Water Protection
- Guides for Source Water Protection