Protecting Sources of Drinking Water: Selected Case Studies in Watershed Management [open pdf - 721KB]
This document presents case studies of 17 drinking water systems commited to extensive efforts to incorporate source water management and protection as an integral part of their business of providing safe drinking water to their customers. The authors provide snapshots of lessons learned in implementing four aspects of source water protection: partnerships, watershed assessment, watershed land use management, and land acquisition. Though diverse in their watershed management experiences, there is a common thread among all of the water systems: the importance of cross-program coordination. The coordination of a drinking water utility's goals with local watershed management initiatives aimed at aquatic ecosystem restoration and protection can boost the effectiveness of program implementation for both priorities.