SOURCE WATER PROTECTION PLANS
Source water protection is an ongoing and evolving program to understand and address risks to drinking water supplies. The following sections provide links to the approved 2019 plan updates, as well as an overview of regulatory requirements for source water protection planning in West Virginia and our approach to the planning process.
Source Water Protection Plan Updates - Approved by WVDHHR
In 2019, we submitted an updated Source Water Protection Plan (SWPP) for each of our water systems to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (WVDHHR) for review in accordance with state regulations. WVDHHR approved each of our submitted SWPPs in 2020. Links to the public version of each plan are provided below.
We will continue to accept comments on an ongoing basis for future source water protection plan updates. You may provide input online through our online feedback form or by mail to West Virginia American Water, Attention: Source Water Protection Program Manager, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Charleston, WV 25302.
The basic foundation for source water protection was established on a national level through the Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments passed in 1986 and 1996. These amendments created wellhead protection and source water assessment programs and left responsibility for implementing these programs with each state.
In 2014, the West Virginia Legislature passed Senate Bill 373, which established regulatory requirements for source water protection planning. This added specific requirements for public water utilities to develop and update source water protection plans. A complete copy of Senate Bill 373 can be found here.
The West Virginia Legislature also included provisions through Senate Bill 373 and subsequent Senate Bill 423 to help ensure that contaminants are appropriately stored, handled and safeguarded from ever reaching public water sources. These regulations require that information about contaminant sources be provided directly to water utilities for use in source water protection planning and event response. For more information about aboveground storage tank (AST) notifications to water systems, click here.
Our strategic approach to source water protection planning for each of our water systems across the state is an ongoing process that includes the following components:
- Establish vision and program objectives
- Evaluate existing plans and operations
- Update source water assessments
- Conduct technical and feasibility studies
- Develop management strategies and action plans
- Implement strategies and action plans
- Ongoing program evaluation and improvement
Stakeholder involvement is an important part of the planning process. The nature and degree of involvement varies by task and stakeholder group. A few examples include:
- Regulatory agency input on assessment and feasibility studies;
- Emergency responder involvement in contingency planning; and
- Community feedback and support for strategies to address source water issues.
For more information about activities currently underway and how you can get involved, click