The 1996 amendments to the Safe Drinking Water Act required that all states develop source water assessment programs to assess the risk of accidental contamination of all drinking water sources. Source protection requirements are voluntary for EXISTING (i.e., plans and specifications submitted before July 26, 1993) ground-water sources serving transient non-community systems.
Rules have been adopted regarding the protection of public drinking water sources. These rules require that each public drinking water supplier prepare a source protection plan. This plan must be reviewed and approved by the Division of Drinking Water. Source protection requirements apply to both new and existing sources.
Typically, a plan is developed after a hydrogeological evaluation is conducted for each source. The investigation determines what areas must be protected, and the extent of protection which is necessary. Within these protection zones, various activities or facilities may be restricted if they will jeopardize the purity of the drinking water source.
- How to use the Interactive Map, including Source protection data
- Submitting source protection documents electronically
(05/05/15)—Standard formatting prior to submittal
- Protecting Drinking Water Sources Toolkit
(11/13/14)—Now available: Opportunities to Protect Drinking Water and Advance Watershed Goals Through the Clean Water Act: A Toolkit for State, Interstate, Tribal and Federal Water Program Managers.
- Save Time, Money, or Both
(02/14/14)—Review a list of common errors and omissions when making source protection submittals.
- Updated Source Protection Plans
(02/14/14)—Review the due dates for updated source protection plans.
(02/14/14)—These templates and forms will speed the review process.
- About the Source Protection Program