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, this new AWWA guide focuses specifically on collaborations between water systems and the agricultural community, which includes farmers, ranchers, forest landowners and their partners.
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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 (CCRs) to educate customers about source water protection needs and efforts.
The complimentary guidance document is designed to help small- and medium-sized utilities more effectively communicate on source water protection in their CCRs.
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The Effect of Forest Cover on Drinking Water Treatment Costs report explores this relationship using results from a 2014 survey by AWWA that targeted utilities in forested ecoregions in the United States. This report was funded by the AWWA Technical & Educational Council and the U.S. Endowment for Forestry & Communities Inc. in conjunction with the US Forest Service and The Cadmus Group.
Search decades of archived articles published in Journal AWWA and Opflow on this and many other related topics.