Source-Water Assessments and the Kentucky Long-Range County Water Supply Planning Program
At present, water agencies are focusing on Source Water Assessments across the country due to the requirements of the 1996 Safe Drinking Water Act amendments. In the future, the hope is that these assessments will lead to "source water protection". However, for us to be truly effective in understanding and protecting our drinking water supplies, both of these goals (and all the steps involved in accomplishing them) should be looked at in a larger context where both quantity and quality issues are embodied in a holistic framework regarding present and future drinking water supplies. Looking at water supplies with this mindset requires planning: short-range planning and long-range planning. It also requires a continuous planning process. A single plan is a snapshot in time projected into the future. To be effective, the planning process must take another snapshot at some time into that future, make corrections, and project that second snapshot into its own future, and so forth. The Commonwealth of Kentucky has embarked on such a continuous planning process. This presentation will give you an overview of the process and how it relates to the current focus of Source Water Assessment.
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