The call to action, "A Recommitment to Assessing and Protecting Sources of Drinking Water", was issued in late December
Changes to water quality and quantity challenge the U.S. to redouble its efforts to protect its water resources, according to the Source Water Collaborative (SWC) in its recent call to action, A Recommitment to Assessing and Protecting Sources of Drinking Water.
SWC is composed of 22 national organizations including the National Ground Water Association, issued its call to action in late December in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act.
“The public and private costs of inaction can be extensive. Together, we must consider lessons learned over the past decade and apply newly available resources to prioritize threats and protect drinking water sources, both surface and ground water,” SWC continues. “A realistic assessment of recent events demonstrates that additional action by federal, state and local partners can and must be taken to effectively protect drinking water sources.”
SWC’s vision is that “all drinking water sources are adequately protected. As a result, the nation gains profound public health advantages as well as economic benefits.” To accomplish this vision, SWC recommends the following key actions:
- Update/improve source water assessments and protection plans to prioritize risks and actions, by leveraging new data and tools;
- Take priority actions to protect sources of drinking water, working with key partners; and
- Coordinate, plan and communicate in advance with key “upstream” partners as well as within water utilities to help ensure that, in an event, rapid emergency notification is provided to facilitate activation of mitigation measures.
Among other members of the SWC are the American Water Works Association, Ground Water Protection Council, the Groundwater Foundation and the Water Systems Council.