Source Water

Source Water Protection is the protection of all present and potential future drinking water sources including; ground water protection, wellhead protection, aquifer protection, and watershed protection pertaining to drinking water sources.



The Source Water Collaborative is comprised of 26 partners from Federal, state, and local agencies and organizations (including ASDWA) that work together, as well as individually with their constituents, to help policymakers, planners, agricultural interests, developers, citizen groups, and others integrate source water protection into key decision-making processes.  Visit the web site to:


  • Call to Action (December 2014): The Source Water Collaborative has published a “Call to Action” that ASDWA helped to develop. This document includes a future vision in which “All drinking water sources are adequately protected,” along with key actions for state, federal, and local partners to: update and improve source water assessments and protection plans; protect drinking water sources and work with key partners; and implement rapid emergency notification and response procedures.
  • State Source Water Protection Plan Guides and Templates: A collection of states’ source water protection plan guides and templates for both groundwater and surface water systems.



CWA-SDWA Toolkit – Four Part Webinar Series being conducted by ASDWA, GWPC, and ACWA to introduce State, Interstate, Tribal, and Federal Water Program Managers to the CWA-SDWA Toolkit entitled, “Opportunities to Protect Drinking Water Sources and Advance Watershed Goals through the Clean Water Act: A Toolkit for State, Interstate, Tribal, and Federal Water Program Managers.


WEBINAR: How to Implement and Fund a State Water Loss Control Program: A Georgia Case Study – February 2015. View the presentations and an audio/video recording of this webinar, which showcases Georgia’s Water Loss Management Program that stemmed from a 2010 law establishing a statewide requirement for water systems (with populations above 3,300) to conduct and submit an annual AWWA Water Audit.


Source Water News

ASDWA’s Source Water News (SW News) is intended to improve outreach and information sharing for state staff engaged in source water protection and sustainability, climate change, and nutrient pollution related efforts. This new “blog” format will become our principal communication vehicle for sharing news and other interesting bits of information with state source water contacts and drinking water program staff. The news and information we share on the blog is expected to be helpful and useful, but not critically time sensitive.
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