Outreach – Education
Minnesota Rural Water Association’s
Source Water Protection Program offers an opportunity for public
water supply providers to develop plans to protect the quality of
drinking water using local community resources. MRWA’s Staff
Specialists are available to provide information and training for
City Councils, Boards, Utility Commissions, other local community
leaders and Source Water Protection Team members.
MRWA’s Specialists will help with
creation of a local Team and work with team members through a
FIVE-STEP PROGRAM, which has been designed to simplify the
development of local water quality protection programs. The MRWA
FIVE-STEP PROGRAM includes the following action
Form a community
Identify the land area
to be protected.
Identify land uses and
possible sources of pollution in the identified area.
Implement ways to
prevent drinking water contamination.
Develop an alternate
way to supply water if the public well becomes contaminated.
Information – Data
Program materials, forms, sample
documents, training programs and public education items have been
developed to assist the local Team put together a Source Water
Protection Plan. Items available for use include sample
ordinances, press releases, resolutions, examples of plans from
other areas of the state and nation, and workable solutions for
addressing local water quality problems.
Possibly the most important step in
development of a local Source Water Protection Plan is
implementation of the work items contained within the plan.
MRWA’s Specialists will continue to assist local community team
members with on-going support and encouragement to not only start
to protect local water quality, but to follow though with a
long-term protection program. Future community members
deserve good, safe drinking water.
MRWA’s other specialized technical
assistance programs also offer help and support, in order that
communities can continue to provide the best possible service to
their water and waste water customers.