Source Water Protection
Hazen and Sawyer has experience helping large and small utilities assess potential vulnerabilities within their watershed from existing and proposed activities and develop plans to address high-priority vulnerabilities to reduce risks over time. Our source water planning work may entail highly focused risk assessments to understand potential impacts of specific watershed changes such as mining, oil and gas development, or large-scale land use changes. Alternately, we can assist utilities to understand activities in their watershed more broadly to identify potential areas of water quality improvement.
Over half of the US population derives drinking water from surface water resources. The watersheds that serve as the source of these supplies are critical to the source water quality and the resulting level of treatment required. Unfortunately, water utilities rarely have complete control over their watershed. Examples of the types of potential problems that could impact water quality include:
In addition, source water protection programs enacted by agencies responsible for watersheds can be important components of a multi-barrier approach to safe drinking water and can help balance the risks to water quality from human activities with the need for economic growth and development among the watershed’s communities. In such efforts, Hazen can leverage its technical expertise in all water-related fields to support public outreach within watershed management programs.
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