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Source Water Protection Program

Beginning in 1992, a Public Community and Non-Transient, Non-Community. Water System must have an approved Source Protection Plan (SPP). This Plan addresses the actions the public water system will perform to minimize the contaminant risks to their drinking water supply source(s). This is also necessary in order to receive an Operating Permit and Phase II/V Monitoring Waiver. The water system is required to submit an updated plan to the Division every three years for approval.

Submitting a Source Protection Plan (SPP)
Source Water Protection "How To"
Checklist for Completing a Source Water Protection Plan  REVISED

Updating SPPs
All SPP update submittals must be submitted on a CD and include the complete plan and all maps or a scanned PDF of the complete updated plan, submitted electronically, is acceptable. Every PCWS and NTNC needs to maintain a copy of its current SPP in its files to be able to actively implement it.
How to Update your SPP

Source Protection Area Implementation NEW

Source Protection Area (SPA) Fact Sheets
The SPA is the area of land that likely recharges or passes groundwater through it to the public water source. This area is the basis of the activities that the water system will perform to minimize contamination and are identified in the SPP.
Groundwater SPA fact sheet for PCWSs
Groundwater SPA fact sheet for NTNCs
Surface Water SPA fact sheet

Electronic Submittal Procedure for SPAs
This format is to be used for all submittals of a new or changed SPA and is to be included along with the Source Evaluation Final Report.
GIS Data Template
Source Protection Area Data Standard


Source Water Protection Loan program
Model Groundwater Protection Ordinance
An Ounce of Prevention
Protecting Public Water Sources in VT
ANR Natural Resource Atlas



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