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Substantial Source Water Protection Program Implementation Award

This page lists the criteria for this award program, water systems that have won this award, how to qualify for this award and links to the nomination form.

This award recognizes systems that have made substantial progress in implementing measures that protect their source water from contamination. In addition, this year we extend special recognition to the Edwards Aquifer Authority for coordinating source water protection in their area of jurisdiction.


To be recognized for having substantially implemented a source water protection (SWP) plan, a community public water system (PWS) must meet these criteria:

  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. No major violations or enforcement actions against the PWS during the recognition calendar year.
  4. Have not received this award in prior years.

Past Winners of the Substantial Source Water Protection Program Implementation Award

  • City of Houston
  • City of Marion
  • City of San Marcos
  • City of Schertz
  • City of Vernon
  • Cash Special Utility District
  • County Line WSC
  • Crystal Clear WSC
  • Diamond Pure Water Company
  • Granite Creek
  • Green Valley SUD
  • Gruene River
  • Meadow Woods
  • Oak Meadows
  • Pattison WSC (2017)
  • San Antonio Water System
  • Sierra West
  • Texas State University

Congratulations to each of these water systems!

Special Award: Source Water Protection Partnership

The Edwards Aquifer Authority is responsible for protecting the recharge area of the Edwards Aquifer in Hays and Comal counties. In 2006, the EAA:

  • coordinated meetings between the TCEQ and interested water systems in those counties
  • identified potential sources of contamination to the aquifer in its recharge zone
  • worked with local school districts to incorporate information about source water protection into the curriculum
  • provided local public water systems with lists of best management practices for protecting the aquifer

As a result, the area receiving the EAA’s outreach produced 13 of the systems recognized in 2006. For these activities, the EAA was presented a special Source Water Protection Partnership Award.

How Can My PWS Become Eligible for This Award?

Start by completing a source water assessment (SWA). If you have already completed your SWA, begin implementing the recommended BMPs. For more information, review Source Water Assessment and Protection: What’s the Connection? or contact our Drinking Water Special Functions staff and ask to speak to a member of the Drinking Water Protection Team.

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