Putting Drinking Water First: The Clean Water Rule

November 10, 2014
Putting Drinking Water First #2
Lynn Thorp
  • We can’t all live upstream: Smaller water bodies are connected to larger water bodies downstream.
  • Natural water infrastructure: Streams and wetlands play a vital role in healthy watersheds.
  • Protect drinking water: Streams and wetlands affect drinking water quality and quantity.
Clean Water’s Putting Drinking Water First approach means making drinking water impacts a primary consideration when developing regulations and other programs involving upstream activities that can impact downstream drinking water sources.
This is the second in a series of white papers that illustarate the importance of Putting Drinking Water First. Read the first paper here.
Recent incidents of widespread drinking water service disruption have drawn attention to the importance of protecting drinking water sources from contamination.
Source Water Protection is embodied in the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) as a key approach to ensuring safe drinking water. Source Water Protection includes maintaining the health of streams, wetlands and other water bodies. These water bodies are not just landscape features. They are critical parts of our water infrastructure that influence water quality in drinking water sources. Protecting streams and wetlands protects drinking water sources, eases the burden of pollution and reduces treatment costs for communities.