Source Water Protection Activity Guide

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Use any of the following drop-down menus to navigate through the guide. Choosing a potential contaminant source category from the drop-down menu will narrow your potential contaminant source choices. Choosing a protection activity category from the drop-down menu will narrow your protection activity choices.

Contaminant Type

Potential Contaminant Source Category Potential Contaminant Source

Protection Activity Category Protection Activity

Surface Water

Potential Contaminant Source

Surface water, such as lakes, ponds, streams, and rivers, contain pathogens and bacteria from numerous sources including waterfowl and mammals. Surface water can also contain contamination from hazardous substances that are discharged directly from an outfall pipe or storm water runoff that comes into contact with contamination on the land surface.   

Possible Protection Activities:

Potential Contaminants:
  • IOC, VOC, SOC, Microbe

    Resources for this Source:
  • EPA: Source Water Protection Practices Bulletin
    Information on managing pet and wildlife waste to prevent contamination of drinking water.
  • Storm Drain Marking Toolkit
    The storm drain marking toolkit is a set of materials designed to assist cities and counties in planning and implementing a community event to mark storm drains. The purpose of the program is to provide a visible way to advise citizens not to dump waste down storm drains.

Related Sources:


  • Miscellaneous