Wellhead Protection

Wellhead Protection is also known as wellfield, aquifer, drinking water, and source water protection. However, all of these programs have one major purpose: the prevention of groundwater contamination.

Basic Elements Of A Wellhead Protection Program

1- Form a local team to plan, set goals, and assign responsibility
2- Define and map the protection areas
3- Inventory the potential contamination sources
4- Manage the protection area(s) through regulatory and non-regulatory techniques, including public involvement and education.
5- Plan for the future

Benefits Of A Wellhead Protection Program Over Existing Methods
Organizes all information and identifies specific roles for agencies and groups with a role in wellhead protection
Looks forward to prevent the astronomical costs associated with groundwater remediation and sets goals for improving water quality
Identifies the tools available to the Municipality for management, as well as the gaps in the management framework
Develops a database of water resources based on risk assessment, allowing the most efficient use of time and financial resources in protection

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