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Source & Drinking Water Program

New Systems Capacity Development Program

Capacity development (CD) is an initiative by the state to ensure that drinking water systems acquire and maintain adequate technical, managerial and financial capabilities to enable them to consistently provide safe drinking water. Capacity has three components: technical, managerial and financial.

The requirements of the new systems CD program may apply to your system, if the following applies:

System or proposed system is a CWS (community water system) or NTNCWS (non-transient, non-community water system) which:

Wellhead Protection

The Wellhead Protection Program is a pollution prevention and management program used to protect underground based sources of drinking water. The federal Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), as amended in 1986, established a program for the states to delineate and manage Wellhead Protection Areas (WHPAs) for protection of ground water supplies from contamination. A Wellhead Protection Area is defined as the surface and subsurface area surrounding a public water supply well, through which contaminants are reasonably likely to move toward and reach the well.

DEP's Plant Operations Excellence Award Program

Each year, the department presents awards to drinking water and domestic wastewater facilities around the state that demonstrate excellence in operation, maintenance, innovative treatment, waste reduction and pollution prevention, recycling, or other special achievements. These awards recognize facilities that demonstrate a special commitment to excellence in management through dedicated professionalism.

Sanitary Survey Program

What is a Sanitary Survey?

"Sanitary Survey" means an on-site review of the water source, facilities, equipment, operation and maintenance of a public water system to evaluate the adequacy of such source, facilities, equipment, operation and maintenance for producing and distributing safe drinking water.


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