Frequently Asked Questions About Source Water

What funding is available for source water protection?

There is no single source of funding for implementing source water protection plans and activities. A variety of programs can be a source of funding for source water protection activities at the local, state, and federal levels. States used funds available through the drinking water state revolving fund  to conduct state assessment programs and have the option to use a portion of their money for source water protection purposes such as land acquisition and wellhead head protection programs.

Through the clean water state revolving fund, as of 2002, 30 states had funded non point source projects that are protecting drinking water, including purchase of land or easements, wetland protection and restoration, remediation of contamination from leaking underground storage tanks, agricultural best management practices for crop and small animal operations, and upgrading and replacement of failing onsite septic systems.

What can I do locally?

Your state, community, watershed association or public water supplier might have activities and programs in place or plans to protect drinking water sources. Here are more things you can do:

This information is adapted from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Source Water Protection Web site found at http://cfpub.epa.gov/safewater/sourcewater/.