Source Water Protection

Source Water Protection

March 31, 2022 | Online :: Central Time

Source Water Protection is a volunteer planning process conducted by local water utilities, as well as regional or national government agencies, to protect drinking water sources from overuse and contamination. This course will explore the elements of source water protection planning, sources of contamination and assessment of current supply sources, action planning as well as resources for collaboration and outreach and implementation.  We will review source water case studies from across the nation to build understanding of best management practices, funding options and alternative water sources.  

This course provides information to help States, Tribes, and others increase their capability to implement the 1996 Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments, which will, in turn, promote better compliance and greater public health protection. The goal of this course is to bring together source water protection and watershed subject matter, agencies that own or manage property within a watershed, and the utilities that rely on that water as a drinking water source. This will be an opportunity for participants to share and learn together to gain understanding about how planning and projects within the watershed impact public drinking water systems, and the importance of source water and wellhead protection.

Learning Outcomes

  • Increase awareness of past and current source water protection issues
  • Uncover data necessary to evaluate your system’s source water protection needs
  • Utilize industry tools to enhance the protection of your water sources
  • Organize source water protection plan development
  • Identify potential contaminants to source water
  • Become familiar with your supply sources and potential sources
  • Assess your source water adequacy and redundancy
  • Evaluate if your system needs site improvements or a new source location
  • Record necessary well and pump data and conduct routine checks and inspections
  • Implement sanitary protection of source properties through security checks and improvements, best management practices, and physical improvements


Thursday, March 31, 2022 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In and Welcome

12:00 – 12:30 p.m.
Lunch Break

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Course Timing


What is Source Water Protection?

  • Types of Source Water
  • Public Drinking Water
  • Water Quality
  • Safe Drink Water Act

Water Sources

  • Groundwater
    1. Recharge and movement
    2. Adequacy and source capacity
    3. Calculated Fixed Radius (CFR) Method
  • Surface Water
    1. Capture zones
    2. Adequacy and redundancy
    3. Source water protection area

Identifying Sources of Contamination

  • Non-point source pollution
  • Point source pollution
  • Source water protection strategies

Emergency and Alternative Sources

  • Flooding
  • Spills and contaminant releases (national regulations and additional state studies)
  • Other: vegetation, security, vandalism
  • Drinking Water Source Protection Coordination

Lunch Break

Regulatory Basis for Source Water Protection

  • U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
  • Farm Service Agency (FSA)
  • State-level divisions of environmental protection
  • Source Water Protection Plans (SWPP)
  • National Rural Water Association (NRWA)
  • Resources:
    1. AWWA G300 Standard
    2. EPA 9 Element Plans

Case Studies

  • Niagara Falls, Love Canal Tragedy
  • Times Beach Missouri, Dioxin Scare
  • PG&E Hinckley, CA

Elements of a Source Water Protection Plan

  • Local planning team
  • Gather information
  • Identify and map capture zones
  • Inventory potential contaminant sources
  • Develop source water protection area
  • Water Supply Hydrology
    1. Groundwater modeling
    2. Calculating the hydrologic gradient

Advanced Source Water Protection Strategies

  • Acquisition/control
  • Communication
  • Educational opportunities
  • Land use regulations
    1. Overlay zoning
    2. Site plan review
    3. Subdivision regulations
    4. Other laws
  • Partnerships
  • Forestry
  • Agriculture
  • Infrastructure improvements
  • Non-Regulatory strategies
  • Water conservation

Funding Sources

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • State funding
  • Clean Water State Revolving Fund
  • Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS)
  • Source Water Collaborative

Investing in source water protection


Kelli Nevills, Source Water Protection Specialist, Nevada Rural Water Association

Kelli is a graduate of UNR with a degree in Forestry. She is the Source Water Protection Specialist for Nevada Rural Water Association. Kelli began her career with NvRWA almost two years ago. She has spent over 20 years in a broad range of activities including ecological restoration and management of protected areas and sustainable forests and water.

Online Delivery

We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

  • IMPORTANT NOTE: After November 30 you will not be able to join a Teams meeting using Internet Explorer 11. Microsoft recommends downloading and installing the Teams app if possible. You may also use the Edge browser or Chrome.
  • You will receive a meeting invitation will include a link to join the meeting.
  • Separate meeting invitations will be sent for the morning and afternoon sessions of the course.
    • You will need to join the appropriate meeting at the appropriate time.
  • If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
  • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.


Please Note: This event is being conducted entirely online. All attendees will connect and attend from their computer, one connection per purchase. For details please see our FAQ

If you are unable to attend at the scheduled date and time, we make recordings available to all registrants for three business days after the event

Event Standard RateAttendees
Single Seat - Source Water ProtectionUS $ 895.00
Pack of 5 SeatsUS $ 3,580.00
Pack of 10 SeatsUS $ 6,265.00
Pack of 20 SeatsUS $ 10,740.00
Call us at 303.770.8800 if you have any specific questions on the volume discounts
* all other discounts do not apply to seat packs

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Cancellation Policy

Your registration may be transferred to a member of your organization up to 24 hours in advance of the event. Cancellations must be received on or before February 25, 2022 in order to be refunded and will be subject to a US $195.00 processing fee per registrant. No refunds will be made after this date. Cancellations received after this date will create a credit of the tuition (less processing fee) good toward any other EUCI event. This credit will be good for six months from the cancellation date. In the event of non-attendance, all registration fees will be forfeited. In case of conference cancellation, EUCIs liability is limited to refund of the event registration fee only. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as complaints and refunds, please contact our offices at 303-770-8800

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Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must log in and be in attendance for the entirety of the course

Instructional Methods

Power Point presentations and open discussion

Upon successful completion of this event, program participants interested in receiving CPE credits will receive a certificate of completion.

Course CPE Credits: 7.5
There is no prerequisite for this Course.
Program field of study: Specialized Knowledge
Program Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Delivery Method: Group-Live presented online due to COVID-19
Advanced Preparation: None

CpeEUCI is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit.



Who Should Attend

Professionals from local government utilities; water, sewage, and other systems; and water and sewer system construction. 

  • Source Water Protection Specialists
  • Water Transfer Operator
  • Environmental Protection Specialist
  • Water Restoration
  • Lake keepers
  • Drinking Water Protection
  • Water Resource Protection
  • Watershed Protection
  • Water Treatment

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