Source Water Protection

The quality of our region’s sources of drinking water—underground aquifers, lakes, streams, rivers, and reservoirs—has long been a priority at NEIWPCC. Drinking water is treated before consumption, but the most economically efficient and environmentally friendly strategy is to prevent contamination at the source.

That’s always been a difficult task, and in our region, protecting water flowing across interstate boundaries presents a particular challenge.

Our Groundwater and Source Water Protection Workgroup brings together state and federal officials concerned with water protection, including tracking potential sources of contamination, regulation of wells, and rural water systems.

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Another work group deals with contaminants of emerging concern, whose scope and effects are not yet well understood.

NEIWPCC’s work on underground storage tanks includes a regional work group and also a publication and conference that are national in scope.

A separate work group is concerned with harmful algal blooms, which are potentially toxic and can foul water bodies and change ecosystems.

Additional Resources

For Local Officials: Protecting Drinking Water Resources in Your Community

Geothermal: 2011 Geothermal Conference

Gas Stations: A Guide for Owners and Operators

Guidance on Lead at Childcare Facilities in MA

Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination Manual for Municipalities

American Water Works Association — (AWWA) National association of water suppliers focusing on training and technical assistance.

Association of State Drinking Water Administrators — (ASDWA) Professional association of state drinking water programs.

New England Water Works Association — (NEWWA) Regional association of water suppliers focusing on training and technical assistance.

National Drinking Water Clearinghouse

The Groundwater Foundation — An international non-profit organization that educates the public on the nature and value of groundwater.

Ground Water Protection Council — (GWPC) National non-profit organization whose members are interested in the protection of the nation’s ground water supplies.

In the States

More Resources

Local officials: This guide provides tools for municipal officials to use to protect drinking water sources.

Geothermal: A 2011 workshop included discussions and case studies that focused on environmental and water-resource-protection concerns related to the geothermal industry.

Gas stations: A 10-page booklet is aimed at owners of gas stations with an onsite drinking-water well.