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Source Water Protection
Award Criteria

Purpose of the award: To recognize organizations in Illinois who have developed and are implementing exemplary source water protection programs.

The award: The ISAWWA Source Water Protection Program Award plaque.

Frequency of the award: Yearly, up to three awards, with the intent to distribute to organizations representing different water system size classifications based on the population served.

Eligibility: Any organization or drinking water system that performs source water protection for drinking water supplies in North America is eligible to apply for the award. The drinking water supply sources must be associated with a water system or authority that is regulated by a federal/state/province/tribe government agency. The award applies to systems using surface water and/or groundwater as their source.

Selection criteria for the award: Source water protection is a highly site-specific process that reflects the inherent diversity of natural waters and the areas from which they are derived. Consequently, successful source water protection programs may vary widely in their details; but it is a premise of this standard that successful programs share several fundamental elements. These elements form the basis of the source water protection standard. Within this generalized framework, individual utilities may establish and maintain source water protection programs that account for their unique local conditions, incorporate the interests of local stakeholders, and reflect sustainable long-term commitments to the process by all parties.

Specifically, the source water protection program should include each of the following six (6) components:: (1) a source water protection program vision; (2) source water characterization; (3) source water protection goals; (4) source water protection action plan; (5) implementation of the action plan; and (6) periodic evaluation and revision of the entire program. Although each of the six primary elements may differ greatly in their complexity or effort, they are each vital to the success of the program. Accordingly, basic success in each area should be demonstrated in order for a utility to obtain recognition in the area of source water protection.

In addition to how well a source water protection program satisfies each of the six (6) program components outlined above, the award will also be based on the following three criteria: (1) the effectiveness of the program; (2) the innovativeness of the program approach; and (3) the difficulties overcome by the organization in satisfying the eligibility criteria.

In determining award the award winner(s), consideration may be given to the resources available to the organization for the development and implementation of a source water protection program when judging the programs of organizations of difference sizes (within a specific size category).

Application requirements: Submission of award form below, with any substantiating documents.

Application deadline: The deadline for receipt of all entry materials is January 31 of the given year. Applications will be kept active and considered for three years after submission. If desired, applicants may provide updates to their application by the deadline for the second and third years of consideration.

Selection: The Awardee will be selected by the Illinois Section AWWA Source Water Protection Committee and presented at WATERCON in March. Winner of the Section Award will be encouraged to submit application to AWWA for the National Source Water Protection Award.

Please fill out the application below to the best of your ability. 

In your application please answer the ten questions below to help us determine your qualificaiton for the award. Please provide any details supporting evidences for these questions and any other pertinent information via the uploads at the bottom of this form.

What was the environment (political, social, environmental, and economic settings) in which this program was developed and has operated. What obstacles and difficulties existed, and how were these obstacles and difficulties overcome?
Does your source water protection program have a person(s) responsible for carrying out the effort?

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