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Developing Source Protection Plans

  • DEQ Interactive Map
    Information about drinking water facilities and source protection zones. The Interactive Map is great for water systems as they update their inventory of contamination sources. Besides drinking water information, the Interactive Map includes underground storage tanks, CERCLA sites, and other sites regulated by DEQ. At the Interactive Map Website, request access to the drinking water information by clicking on the green link in the left panel or on User Login in the upper right corner.Contact us at (801) 536-4200 with questions about the DEQ Interactive Map.
  • Drinking Water from Forests and Grasslands
    Reviews the scientific literature about the potential of common forest and grassland management to introduce contaminants of concern to human health into public drinking water sources.
  • Environmental Maps
    Utah DEQ environmental map resources. Note: The completeness and accuracy of the data cannot be assured.
  • EPA Publications
    EPA publications on well head and general water protection.

Managing Potential Contamination Sources

Here is a list of fact sheets on minimizing the impact of potential contamination source. These fact sheets describe “best management practices.” These practices help decrease the risks associated with potential contamination sources within source protection zones. The fact sheets can be distributed as part of a management strategy to reduce contamination risks.

  • Dry Cleaning Facilities
    Although not every cleaning facility produces hazardous waste, those facilities that use solvents in the cleaning process are likely to be subject to federal and State requirements.
  • Fertilizer
    Proper storage, application, and watering procedures should be included in fertilizer best management practices to prevent contamination of ground water.
  • Household Hazardous Waste
    Products used and disposed of by a typical residence may contain more than 100 hazardous substances.
  • Junkyards
    Storage areas for waste fluids are a potential threat to ground water quality.
  • Metal Finishing Plants
    State and federal regulations require large quantity generators of hazardous waste to file a biennial generator’s report.
  • Pesticides
    Pesticides applied to plants during crop, lawn, and garden maintenance may leach into the groundwater and cause contamination.
  • Pollution Prevention Fact Sheet
    General information on reducing or eliminating pollutants.
  • Print Shops
    The volume or toxicity of waste produced by the printing industry may be reduced through source reduction, recycling, and product substitution.
  • Septic Tanks
    Septic systems can contaminate ground water if they are misused, improperly maintained, or improperly constructed.
  • Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Industry
    Vehicle repair shops generate regulated waste, either from the services they provide, such as fluid replacement, or from operations they perform, such as parts washing.