Source Water Protection

Protecting Your Drinking Water Supply Starts at the Source


Protecting sources of drinking water is an effective way to reduce risks to public health, instill customer confidence, and control water treatment costs. Addressing water quality concerns at the source also has many other environmental and societal benefits that aren’t seen from treatment alone.

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Farm Bill

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AWWA whiteboard animation describes 2018 Farm Bill provisions to protect drinking water sources

Source water protection programs take many forms, such as spill prevention and response planning, stakeholder education, coordination with upstream point source dischargers, and addressing upstream nonpoint sources. Although all methods of source water protection are important, two new AWWA resources are built to assist utilities in working with farm conservation programs, which due to the 2018 Farm Bill will now have a much greater reemphasis on source water protection, spending an astonishing $4 billion over the next 10 years to help protect sources of drinking water!

AWWA Reports

Managing Bromide Discharges from Upstream Sources

Communicating Source Water Protection Efforts in Consumer Confidence Reports

  • Outreach to and education of the general public are critical components of source water protection. This targeted literature review examined how utilities of all sizes are currently using their Consumer Confidence Reports to educate customers about source water protection needs and efforts.
  • The complementary guidance document is designed to help small- and medium-sized utilities more effectively communicate on source water protection in their CCRs.

Effect of Forest Cover on Drinking Water Treatment Costs

  • This report explores this relationship using results from a 2014 survey by AWWA that targeted utilities in forested ecoregions in the United States.

AWWA Standards 

You may also search decades of articles on this or other topics published in the Journal AWWA, Opflow and AWWA Water Science
2020 Sustainable Water Management Conference, Minneapolis, March 29 - April 1

AWWA Policy Statements

AWWA's policy statements are brief statements on protecting and improving water supply, water quality, management, and the interests of the public and the environment. They are written by consensus, subject to review and comment by AWWA committees, councils, and members. Because they represent AWWA's position on these matters, they are approved by the AWWA Executive Committee of the board of directors.

AWWA Advocacy Priorities

Technical Committee Engagement

AWWA members are recognized globally for their industry expertise and their generosity in sharing that expertise for a better world through better water. AWWA members participate in committee activities, developing conference programs, writing technical manuals, developing standards, creating educational content and contributing to AWWA publications. Committee members primarily interact through conference calls, emails, and face to face meetings at conferences and events. Access more information on volunteering for an AWWA committee.

The following committees are active in addressing source water protection issues:


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