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Plan Ahead for Emergencies

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Protecting Source Water

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The Importance of Planning and Management for Small Systems
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Addressing Aging Infrastructure
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Being Ready for Emergencies

1 - PROTECTING SOURCE WATER

Plan to Protect Source Water: Why Are Source Water Protection Plans Important? [word doc]
NESC and Rural Community Assistance Partnership
This free Water We Drink article may be reprinted in local newspapers, newsletters, or other media. It provides a brief overview of water pollution and water use problems in the U.S., discusses how we currently manage these problems, and offers strategies local leaders can use to protect their drinking water sources.

TECH BRIEF: Source Water Protection
NESC
Because source water protection means cleaner water that needs less treatment, drinking water systems should put source water protection at the top of their "to do" lists. Whether your source water is surface or groundwater, all drinking water sources are vulnerable to a variety of contaminants from a variety of activities. This Tech Brief discusses some possible contamination sources and feasible ways to address them.

Watershed Planning from Start to Finish
NESC
This 32-page booklet covers how to start a watershed group to tackle water quality problems; methods for measuring and assessing watershed conditions; how to turn this data into a strategic plan; and techniques for putting the plan into action.

Your Water. Your Decision.
Source Water Collaborative
This website has tools for building a customized guide to help move local policymakers from awareness to action. It provides strategies and resources for starting a conversation with local officials about what can be done to protect sources of drinking water in a community, as well as ideas for raising awareness and turning ideas into action.

Source Water Protection for Local Officials
NESC
This Pipeline newsletter explains source water protection, and discusses how preventing water pollution can save your community money. It also examines why it’s important to address septic and other onsite wastewater treatment systems in a community’s source water protection plan.

Protecting Your Source Water--Volunteers Help Get the Job Done
NESC
This Pipeline newsletter discusses strategies community leaders can use to tap into the specialized skills of community volunteers and apply them to source water protection projects.

US EPA's Source Water Protection Webpage
This webpage provides information and links to resources about source water, local protection activities, and partnerships for protecting water resources.

Water Today...Water Tomorrow?--
Protecting Drinking Water Sources in Your Community: Tools for Municipal Officials

New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission
These source water protection resources address local regulations and ordinances, underground storage tanks, onsite sewage disposal systems, hazardous materials storage, and stormwater runoff. The tools are designed for New England municipal officials but are useful for officials in all parts of the U.S.