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Drinking Water Source Protection Program
Ensuring safe drinking water supplies requires keeping drinking water sources (wells and surface waters) as clean as possible, because it is less expensive and more protective of public health to prevent contamination than it is to treat water to meet health standards. New contaminants of concern continue to emerge, which can require more costly treatment of source waters if the source waters have not been adequately protected. Municipalities and water suppliers have a key role in managing land uses that affect drinking water quality. The primary role of the Drinking Water Source Protection Program is to provide technical and financial assistance, and to enforce state regulations that serve to protect the state’s sources of drinking water. However, effective protection relies on the combined efforts of the state, water suppliers, municipalities, businesses, institutions, and individuals whose activities have the potential to affect source water quality.

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