Source Water Collaborative issues 'call to action' to better protect drinking water resources
In its recent call to action, the Source Water Collaborative stated that ongoing changes to water quality and quantity are challenging the nation to redouble its efforts to protect its water resources.
WESTERVILLE, OHIO, Feb. 12, 2015 -- In its recent call to action, the Source Water Collaborative (SWC), an organization comprised of federal, state and local partners aiming to protect drinking water sources, stated that ongoing changes to water quality and quantity are challenging the nation to redouble its efforts to protect its water resources.
SWC, consisting of 22 national organizations including the National Ground Water Association, issued its call to action, titled "A Recommitment to Assessing and Protecting Sources of Drinking Water," in late December in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act (see: "Safe Drinking Water Act celebrates 40th anniversary").
"Why a call to action now? As a nation, we face a host of water quality and quantity challenges that are both pressing and ongoing," SWC noted. "Persistent threats and challenges, and disastrous chemical spills, highlight the importance of safe drinking water to public health and local economies."
SWC added, "The public and private costs of inaction can be extensive. Together, we must consider lessons learned over the past decade and apply newly available resources to prioritize threats and protect drinking water sources, both surface and ground water. A realistic assessment of recent events demonstrates that additional action by federal, state and local partners can and must be taken to effectively protect drinking water sources."
SWC's vision is that "all drinking water sources are adequately protected. As a result, the nation gains profound public health advantages as well as economic benefits." To accomplish this vision, the organization recommends the following key actions:
- Update/improve source water assessments and protection plans to prioritize risks and actions, by leveraging new data and tools.
- Take priority actions to protect sources of drinking water, working with key partners.
- Coordinate, plan and communicate in advance with key "upstream" partners as well as within water utilities to help ensure that, in an event, rapid emergency notification is provided to facilitate activation of mitigation measures.
Click here to see a full copy of SWC's call to action.
About Source Water Collaborative
SWC was formed in 2006 with the goal of combining the strengths and tools of a diverse set of member organizations to act in the present to protect drinking water for future generations. Among other members of the SWC are the American Water Works Association, Ground Water Protection Council, the Groundwater Foundation, and the Water Systems Council. For more information, visit www.sourcewatercollaborative.org.