The WaterFirst Community Program: committed to caring for our water resources
WaterFirst is an innovative approach to address myriad water issues, and to encourage and assist communities in making real progress in their water protection, conservation and stewardship. The program is a voluntary partnership between local governments, state agencies, and other organizations working together to increase the quality of life in communities through the wise management and protection of our valuable water resources. The WaterFirst Program provides a framework for communities to involve and educate their residents; raise their water consciousness; and make a real commitment to their invaluable, irreplaceable water resources. The achievement of excellence, that is, going above and beyond the requirements of the law in eight specific components, is expected for communities to earn the WaterFirst designation, and those componenets are: Watershed Assessment; Stormwater Management; Wastewater Treatment and Management; Water Supply Planning; Water Supply Protection; Water Conservation; Water Reclamation and Reuse; and Residual Biosolids Management.