Statewide souce water assessment

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Courtesy of Burns & McDonnell

Client: Kansas Department of Health & Environment

Completion Date: June 2003

Services Provided

  • Program management
  • Internet tool development
  • GIS with data file integration
  • Education
  • Recruitment
  • Training
  • Public involvement
  • Source water assessments

Project Summary 

Burns & McDonnell served as the project administrator for the Kansas Source Water Assessment Program. Implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency-approved program resulted in completion of source water assessments (SWA) for 807 public water suppliers (PWS) as required to meet the Safe Drinking Water Act. The project was completed more than six months ahead of schedule.

Burns & McDonnell was responsible for development and maintenance of an information and education program, development of a catalog of water quality protection measures, recruitment and training of PWS and technical assistance providers, development of an Internet-based Source Water Assessment Tool (ASWAT), completion of assessments and project management.

ASWAT is an innovative Internet-based tool that functions as an automated system to collect data on potential contaminant sources and to determine the potential vulnerability of drinking water supplies. Data was assimilated from six state agencies to serve as the foundation of each SWA and plan for watershed management. Data included the location of the source and diversion, location and standard industrial code (SIC) for all potential pollutants (both regulated and unregulated), land use, watershed boundaries, transportation and other key layers. ASWAT, through eight simple steps, allows PWS to register, select training location, review the assessment area map with known sources of contamination, add missing pollution sources, correct data and produce reports. The SWA report includes an executive summary, map, a list of potential contamination sources, a list of associated chemicals and the resulting susceptibility score.

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