Water Source Protection

We must all work to prevent contamination of drinking water.  A protected drinking water source, combined with proper water quality monitoring, treatment, maintenance and distribution, is necessary to provide clean, safe water.


How does HAWC protect the water sources?

HAWC’s participates in the NH Department of Environmental Services’s (NHDES) Drinking Water Source Protection Program to ensure the water sources remain safe.  Each of the wells have an established “Sanitary Protective Radius”; a radius around the well that is required by law to be controlled by HAWC through ownership or easements.  In addition to the Sanitary Protective Radius, HAWC’s wells also have an established “Wellhead Protection Area” as delineated by the NHDES.  Having the Sanitary Protective Radius and Wellhead Protection Areas allows HAWC to monitor, regulate, and prevent any activities that could potentially be harmful to wells and the water they produce.  The diagram below, from the US EPA, reflects examples water sources, potential threats and source protection.

US EPA DIAGRAM OF WATER SOURCES, POTENTIAL THREATS, AND PROTECTION*
(CLICK TO ENLARGE DIAGRAM)
*This diagram is for demonstration purposes only. The area depicted in the image is not located within HAWC’s water service area.


Want to assist in protecting the water sources?

Check out the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s  webpage, “Preventing Contamination of Drinking Water Resources” and the NH Department of Environmental Services’s (NHDES) Drinking Water Source Protection Program webpage.