News‎ > ‎

ACTION ALERT: Strengthen Protections for Our Water Supplies

posted Jul 22, 2014, 10:23 AM by Kathleen Tyner   [ updated Jul 22, 2014, 12:15 PM by angie wv ]
Make Your Voice Heard to Strengthen Protections for Our Water Supplies

Submit comments on the Public Water Systems Rule by July 31, 10am
The DHHR - Bureau for Public Health (BPH) 
rule implementing the new source water protection plan requirements in SB 373 is now out for public comment. These plans are an important tool for protecting our rivers and drinking water supplies from contamination.
Key points to include in your comments:
1. Public engagement is critical in the source water protection process – in SB 373, the Legislature made it clear that public engagement is to be a critical component of the planning process. The rule needs to be explicit that “every effort” shall be made to inform and engage the public at all levels of the development and implementation of the protection plan.
2. Support utilities that go above and beyond minimum requirements – we support BPH’s encouragement to utilities taking additional steps to protect its water supply.
3. Sufficiently fund the new requirements - It is crucial that BPH be funded sufficiently to oversee this process so that detailed, realistic, site-specific source water protection plans are written that have broad community support and that are likely to be implemented.

Click here to view WVRC's full comments.

Public comment period open through 10:00am July 31, 2014
Submit comments to:

Ann A. Goldberg, Director
Public Health Regulations
350 Capitol Street, Rm 702
Charleston, WV 25301
William Toomey, Manager
OEHS, Source Water Assessment & Protection
350 Capitol Street, Rm 313
Charleston, WV 25301