Developing and implementing a source water protection plan for Macon Water Authority’s drinking water sources
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In 2003 the Macon Water Authority (MWA) developed Source Water Assessment Plans (SWAPs) for the Ocmulgee River and Lucas Lake intakes used for the regional water supply for Macon / Bibb County and the surrounding area. The SWAPs provided the background information on the potential contaminant sources and the associated risks to the intakes from these sources. The SWAPs did not however, nor were they required to by the Georgia EPD, make any recommendations on how to prevent potential contamination of a community’s water supply. MWA decided to develop a Source Water Protection Plan (SWPP) to help prevent contamination. No other water utility in Georgia has developed a SWPP to protect its surface water supply. Awareness was raised in the community and surrounding area of the importance of source water protection. The SWPP was presented to the MWA Board in April 2005 for implementation.