Source Water Protection Committee
Robyn Doescher, Chair
CALLING ALL WATER AGENCIES:
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.
ARE WINNERS SELECTED?
The award will be based largely
on the criteria set forth in the AWWA Standard for Source Water Protection
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
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
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.
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.
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).