Source water protection is a proactive, non-regulatory approach to preventing the pollution of lakes, rivers, streams and groundwater that serve as sources of drinking water.
For generations, water quality was taken for granted, and still today, many people assume that our water is naturally protected. But anything we do on top of the ground has the potential to affect someone's drinking water. As water moves through and over the ground, contaminants can be picked up and carried to a community drinking water supply.
A SWPP identifies: the area in need of protection, called a Source Water Protection Area, potential sources of contamination, and management approaches that could help to reduce the risk of contaminants entering the source waters.
In 2017, the Town of Bennett worked collaboratively with area stakeholders to develop a Source Water Protection Plan for their drinking water sources: groundwater wells in the Denver Basin Aquifer System.
You can read more about the Town of Bennett's Source Water Protection Plan below:
- Source Water Protection Plan