The 2014 Water Crisis revealed the need for proactive approaches to protect drinking water sources.
A new law requires public water systems to develop Source Water Protection Plans (SWPPs) with public input.
Public water utilities must submit plans to the Bureau for Public Health (BPH) by July 1, 2016. The list of utilities required to submit plans can be found here.
WV Rivers developed the Safe Water For West Virginia Program, a citizens’ education initiative to promote community involvement in source water protection planning.
With Downstream Strategies we've developed a toolkit, Drinking Water Protection: A Citizen's Guide to Getting Involved, to educate community stakeholders and prepare them to take on a leadership role in source water protection planning.
Are you interested in learning more about your water resources? Check out WVDEP's statewide water resources online mapping tool: http://tagis.dep.wv.gov/WVWaterPlan/ It serves as a public information portal for data related to water resources in the state of West Virginia. We will explain how to use this valuable tool in our upcoming webinar!
Get involved! Contact your local water utility to find out where they are in the planning process and how they intend to involve the public in the SWPP development.
Citizen input on the SWPP process will be collected and shared with key decision makers so that the public perspective is considered in SWPP updates and implementation. Check out our Drinking Water Protection Fact Sheet to learn more about providing your input.
For more information call 304-637-7201, or email us here.
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