The Source Water Collaborative is pleased to announce the release of its latest source water protection outreach tool: Source to Tap. Now available through the Collaborative’s website, Source to Tap invites users to explore an interactive landscape to learn how various Clean Water Act “tools” can be employed to reduce pollution in sources of drinking water. It is designed to enable a wide range of practitioners—from state water quality managers to watershed activists—to engage in the many opportunities to leverage the regulatory and non-regulatory provisions of the Clean Water Act, such as Water Quality Standards, Designated Uses, and Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) to protect drinking water sources.
Source water protection, by its very nature, must be a collaborative undertaking among various parties having differing roles, levels of authority, access to information, and expertise. It relies on a wide array of stakeholders, perspectives, and information. Source to Tap demonstrates what opportunities for participation exist to contribute local knowledge, data, and important perspectives to inform state clean water and drinking water program managers align their efforts to better target and apply the Clean Water Act to protect source water. The infographic adapts strategies from the popular publication, Opportunities to Protect Drinking Water and Advance Watershed Goals Through the Clean Water Act: A Toolkit for State, Interstate, Tribal and Federal Program Managers, which was developed via a multi-year collaborative effort by state and EPA water quality managers across clean water and safe drinking water programs.
Access Source to Tap from the Source Water Collaborative website “Quick Tools” toolbar or follow this link.