drinking water protection

Endorsed Drinking Water protection Plans

Community Water Systems
Community Water System has a current Drinking Water Protection Plan that meets the criteria established by the Drinking Water Protection program (Pathway No. 1)


The community has an active enforceable ordinance, agreement or program that explicitly addresses the protection of public drinking water sources (Pathway No. 2)

Pathway No. 1: 

Formal written plan meeting the following criteria:

  • A description of the planning team participants' roles and responsibilities.
  • A delineation of the drinking water source protection area.
  • An inventory of potential sources of contamination that includes a plan for routine and regular updates.
  • A summary of the deficiencies affecting source water noted within the latest sanitary survey and action plans to correct the deficiencies.
  • A summary of management tools and protection strategies that will be pursued to manage potential sources of contamination.
  • Prioritization and implementation plan for protection strategies.
  • A contingency plan or Emergency Response Plan (ERP) identifying alternative water sources.
  • Planning team identifies a timeframe to review and regularly update the plan.

Pathway No. 2: 

A community/water system has an ordinance or agreement or a well defined protection program and formally requests their community/water system be considered for Endorsement by the State of Alaska.

Protection Program:A program that identifies prioritizes and establishes activities (a minimum of 2) to mitigate the risk of potential contaminant sources within the drinking water protection area. For example, public education, backhaul programs, hazardous waste recycling, purchase of property or rights to develop, water conservation, and community involvement.

Agreements:Written agreement between community water system and other entities that directly or indirectly contribute to the protection of public drinking water sources. For example, lands use restrictions.

Regulatory Measures:Active and enforceable ordinances requiring regulatory protection activities within a drinking water protection area. Such as, zoning ordinances, subdivision ordinances, site plan review, design standards and operating standards (Best Management Practices).

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