What is wellhead protection?
Wellhead protection, also known as source water protection, is a way to prevent drinking water from becoming polluted. Much can be done to prevent pollution, such as the wise use of land and chemicals.
Why is it important to protect water at the wellhead?
Protecting public drinking water supplies at the wellhead, before pollution enters our drinking water supply, lessens associated health issus, the high costs of water treatment and source water development. Public water users can help protect our community’s source water.
Managing land uses and human-caused sources of contamination are the keys to preventing pollution before it enters our drinking water supply at the wellhead.
What contaminates the water we drink?
There are numerous pollutants that can contaminate surface and ground water. Some contaminants are a result of improper disposal 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 our drinking water.