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Illinois Section AWWA - E-Splash - November 2013

Source Water Protection Committee

Robyn Doescher, Chair

CALLING ALL WATER AGENCIES:
The ISAWWA Source Water Protection Committee is looking for agencies that would like the opportunity to showcase their work in Source Water Protection. We know that there are a lot of good programs out there, and the Committee would like to recognize the efforts with the NEW Exemplary Source Water Protection Award. There are categories for small, medium and large systems. Applications will be accepting through January 15, 2014. Awards will be presented at WATERCON14. The application forms can be found online here. The Committee will be more than happy to answer any question regarding the award and/or about filling out the form.

WHO CAN ENTER?
Any organization or drinking water system that performs source water protection for drinking water supplies in Illinois 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.

HOW ARE WINNERS SELECTED?
The award will be based largely on the criteria set forth in the AWWA Standard for Source Water Protection (ANSI/AWWA G300-07).

The Standard states that "Source water protection is a highly site-specific process that reflects the inherent diversity of natural water 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 or agencies 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 outlined below and described in more detail in the Standard: (1) a source water protection program vision (2) source water characterization; (3) source water protection goal; (4) source water protection action plan; (5) implementation of the action plan; (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 the 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) components outlined above for the AWWA Standard, the award will also be based on the following three criteria: (1) effectiveness of the program; (2) the innovativeness of the program approach; and (3) the difficulties overcome by the organization satisfying the eligibility criteria. In determining 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).

Additional guidance is available in the Requirements section of the AWWA Standard, as well as on the entry form for the Award. Applicants are strongly encouraged to review the specific criteria for each of the six (6) program components provided in the AWWA Standard, as those are part of the Exemplary Source Water Protection award criteria.

WHAT DO YOU WIN?
In addition to the hearty handshake and the warm glow of victory, winners will be recognized at the WATERCON 14 conference in Springfield, IL and presented with a plaque and certificate to proudly display at a conspicuous place in your community. Photos of the presentation will be made available to winners for press releases in local media or for further recognition in local communities of your efforts to protect your community’s source water.

DISCLAIMER:
One entry per customer. No purchase necessary. Winner need not be present (but we’d like you there for the presentation). Not valid in Alaska or Hawaii or any community outside Illinois. Taxes are the responsibility of the winner. Members of the media and their families are ineligible to win grand prize. Airfare and accommodations not included. Decisions of judges are final (you can always try again next year).

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Documents relating to source water issues that the Illinois Section AWWA Source Water Committee would like to share. If you have a document you would like added, please send it to laurie@isawwa.org
Item Name Posted By Date Posted
Source Water Committee Members October 6, 2014 CSV (2.45 KB)  more ] Administration 10/6/2014
Source Water Committee Strategic Plan 2014 DOCX (34.58 KB)  more ] Administration 10/3/2014
Fracking Fact Sheet from WEF PDF (1.54 MB)  more ] Administration 11/5/2013
Regional Drought Condition Report PWS July 24 20 PDF (342.75 KB)  more ] Administration 8/5/2012
Lawn to Lake - save the date PDF (260.63 KB) Administration 3/13/2012
2012 Homeowners Association Workshop PDF (342.63 KB) Administration 3/13/2012

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