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Thanks for visiting the Idaho Source Water Protection website! 

Source water is the water in our aquifers, rivers, and lakes that provides drinking water to the public. Source water can be vulnerable to contamination, so it is critical we take steps to protect it. Source water protection is the responsibility of many, including the general public, local governments, and public water systems.

Through the Idaho Source Water Protection Collaborative, this website provides informative and useful source water protection information that can help you learn more about sources of drinking water and engage you in thinking about what you can do to protect it. 


Advice Worth Drinking - How Today's Land-Use Decisions Can Protect Tomorrow's Water Supply (A Planner's Guide)
A resource for planners on how they can integrate source water planning into their normal planning activities, from visioning to zoning, to provide sustainable sources of drinking water. This document can be used to learn about some options localities have used to protect drinking water.
Posted: Friday, September 04, 2015 - 4:00:10 PM

Backflow Prevention (IRWA brochure)
Information from the Idaho Rural Water Association on maintaining the integrity of your public drinking water system.
Posted: Monday, September 23, 2019 - 3:15:40 PM

Edible Aquifer Video
To illustrate the geologic formation of an aquifer, how pollution can get into ground water, and how this pollution can end up in drinking water wells students can build an edible aquifer. Students will come to understand how our actions can affect ground water and drinking water.
Posted: Monday, September 23, 2019 - 3:49:04 PM

Household Hazardous Waste Disposal (IRWA brochure)
An Idaho Rural Water Association brochure designed to help homeowners learn about household hazardous waste and proper disposal.
Posted: Monday, September 23, 2019 - 3:48:35 PM

Idaho's Source Water Protection Program (DEQ brochure)
Information on source water, source water protection, and source water assessments from the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality.
Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 5:30:04 PM

Incident Action Checklists for Water Utilities
Drinking water and wastewater utilities can use these twelve "rip & run" style checklists to help with emergency preparedness, response and recovery activities.
Posted: Monday, September 23, 2019 - 3:31:46 PM

Keep Your Drinking Water Safe (IRWA brochure)
Learn more about keeping your drinking water safe through backflow prevention with this brochure from the Idaho Rural Water Association.
Posted: Monday, September 23, 2019 - 3:48:29 PM

Source Water Assessment Online Application (DEQ Brochure)
A brochure on the map-based tool to help communities protect their drinking water sources.
Posted: Monday, September 23, 2019 - 3:32:34 PM

Source Water Protection Model Ordinance (AIC)
This link to the Association of Idaho Cities provides access to a memorandum explaining the source water protection ordinance process and an ordinance prototype that Idaho communities can explore with their own attorneys. You can download the model ordinance and edit it to fit your community's needs.
Posted: Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - 7:50:35 PM

Your Community, Your Source Water Protection Plan (IRWA brochure)
An Idaho Rural Water Association brochure to help you help your community develop and implement a source water protection plan.
Posted: Monday, September 23, 2019 - 3:48:09 PM