The New York State Drinking Water Source Protection Program (DWSP2) is a locally led, state-supported program that empowers municipalities to take action to improve and protect their public water sources and surrounding environment. The DWSP2 announced the availability of free technical assistance for up to 30 volunteer communities to develop and implement programs that proactively protect public drinking water sources.

“The Drinking Water Source Protection Program empowers communities across New York to assess and protect sources of public drinking water, benefiting both public health and the environment,” said New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos, who also serves as a commissioner for NEIWPCC’s executive committee. “DEC is committed to improving water quality and access to clean water for all New Yorkers by working with local communities to protect, manage, and conserve the State’s groundwater and surface water supply sources for future generations.”

To apply, visit the DWSP2 webpage and complete the online application by Tuesday, November 14 at 4 p.m.

Program Overview

Drinking water source protection plans provide municipalities with a road map to maintaining and protecting sources of drinking water. Each DWSP2 plan is tailored to the goals and concerns of a community and drinking water source to provide a holistic and comprehensive approach that builds off protection efforts a community already has in place. This multi-agency initiative is led by New York State’s DEC and Department of Health (DOH) in collaboration with the Departments of Agriculture and Markets and State. NEIWPCC staff support the DWSP2 through their roles with the DOH.