What is source water?
Source water includes bodies of water such as lakes, springs, streams, rivers and ground water aquifers that become our drinking water. Our source water is primarily ground water.
Why is it important to protect source water?
Protecting public drinking water supplies at the source before pollution enters our drinking water supply lessens associated health issues, the high costs of water treatment and source water development. You can help with small changes you and your family can make to help protect our source water.
Managing land uses and human-caused sources of contamination are the keys to preventing pollution before it enters our drinking water supply.
What contaminates source water?
There are numerous pollutants that can contaminate surface and ground water. Some contaminants are a result of improperly disposed of common household products such as cleaning products, waste oil, pet waste, fertilizers and pesticides. Others may be used or generated by businesses such as dry cleaners, film processing centers, salons, cemeteries, petroleum storage and handling, etc. These and other harmful products, when improperly disposed of may threaten to contaminate source water.