American Water Works Association (AWWA)

Tools to Build Utility Source Water Protection Programs - Webinar

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This webinar will familiarize attendees with the Source Water Protection Justification Toolkit, which is designed to help utilities implement or expand their source water protection (SWP) activities. Learn how to communicate the benefits of an SWP program. It can be difficult to articulate the importance of having an SWP program and how it will benefit a utility. This toolkit will outline some of the common challenges faced and suggest solutions, as well as provide a starting point for making the business case for an SWP program.
Event Type:
Webinar
Date:
Aug. 12, 2020
Venue:
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM MT
Location:
Online

This webinar is designed to familiarize attendees with AWWA’s Source Water Protection Justification Toolkit that was developed in 2018 for drinking water utilities of all sizes. The purpose of the toolkit is to help systems implement or expand source water protection (SWP) activities. The toolkit offers a variety of approaches to communicate the benefits of SWP to key audiences and provide a strong business case for building a program. It also provides additional links to funding sources that can be used to implement or expand an SWP program, as well as a PowerPoint template for making the business case to invest in SWP. Finally, it provides common challenges to implementing a program, along with examples of successful approaches and projects.

AWWA encourages utilities to apply for the Exemplary Source Water Protection Award, which is awarded to utilities in multiple size classes each year. The ANSI/AWWA G300 Standard is a great resource, both for developing an SWP program and also as standard criteria for this award.

  1. Understand the benefits of SWP
  2. Address common challenges to developing a program
  3. Develop a business case for an SWP program
  4. Communicate the importance of SWP activities to multiple audiences
  5. Earn recognition for their SWP efforts

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