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Substantial Source Water Protection Program Implementation Award

This page lists the criteria for this award program, how to qualify for this award, the link to the application, and the link to the previous award recipients.

This award recognizes systems that have made substantial progress in implementing measures that protect their source water from contamination. 

Public Drinking Water Recognition Application Form


  • To be recognized for having substantially implemented a source water protection (SWP) plan, a community public water system (PWS) must meet these criteria:
    • Completion of a SWP project in which these tasks were accomplished:
    • potential sources of contamination (PSOCs) identified in their source water susceptibility assessment (SWSA) were ground-truthed
    • best management practices (BMPs) for protecting the PWS’s water sources were recommended
  • Has successfully implemented at least one of these BMPs:
    • Adoption of source water protection ordinances;
    • Adoption or existence of contingency plan;
    • Dedicated source water protection staff or staff dedicated to a watershed (or groundwater) protection plan;
    • Implementation of source water protection outreach and education;
    • Adoption of or participation in any source water protection BMPs that may be part of an adopted watershed (or groundwater) protection plan.
  • The PWS has no violations of the primary drinking water standards, enforcement actions, or unresolved violations from the Water Supply Division or from the Office of Compliance and Enforcement against the PWS during the recognition calendar year.
  • The PWS has not received this award in prior years.

How Can My PWS Become Eligible for This Award?

Click here for more information about Source Water Protection program. Contact our Drinking Water Special Functions staff and ask to speak to a member of the Drinking Water Inventory and Protection Team.

Past Award Recipients