Agreement to protect drinking water sources

Nine Federal Agencies have signed an agreement to co-operate with state, tribal and local governments to design and implement their drinking water source assessment and protection programs.


The agreement ensures full Federal co-operation with these government entities as they implement the 1996 Safe Drinking Water Act mandate to assess the potential threats to each public drinking water system from ground water and surface water sources.

States, tribes and localities will delineate source water protection areas, identify and map sources of contamination that threaten drinking water supplies and inform the public about the susceptibility of their public water systems to these threats.

The signatory agencies are: US EPA, US Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Energy, Interior, and Transportation, the US Postal Service, and the Tennessee Valley Authority.

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