EPA Releases New Online Mapping Program for Source Water Protection Planning

On February 19, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water released the Drinking Water Mapping Application to Protect Source Waters (DWMAPS). This user-friendly online mapping tool provides water system operators, state programs, federal agencies, watershed organizations, and others with critical information for assessing and protecting sources of drinking water in any location or watershed in the country.

DWMAPS helps users identify potential sources of contamination, view information on watershed health and source water pollution, prepare for accidental spills and releases, locate watershed restoration projects and potential partners, and more. While this version is intended for public use and does not display the locations of Public Water System facility intakes, later secure versions will allow state drinking water program managers and water utilities to integrate their own state and local data with DWMAPS.

EPA developed DWMAPS in consultation with EPA regional drinking water programs, state drinking water regulators, public water systems, and Source Water Collaborative member organizations, which also provided feedback to DWMAPS during map beta testing. Visit the SWC’s Map My Drinking Water resource page to access DWMAPS.

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