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USEPA Unveils Online Tool to Help Protect Drinking Water Sources

USEPAThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) recently unveiled an online mapping tool that aims to educate water system operators, the public, and State and Federal agencies with information about safeguarding the country's sources of drinking water. USEPA says the Drinking Water Mapping Application to Protect Source Waters (DWMAPS) allows users to learn about their watershed and understand more about their water supplier. DWMAPS also lets users see if sources of their drinking water are polluted and if there are possible sources of pollution that could affect a community's water supply. DWMAPS can also guide users to ways they can get involved in protecting drinking water sources in their community.

“A key part of having safe drinking water is protecting the sources – the streams, rivers, and lakes where utilities withdraw water,” says USEPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “DWMAPS is the latest example of how EPA is using technology and digital tools to better protect public health and the environment." USEPA says utilities and State drinking water program managers can also use DWMAPS with their own State and local data. It allows them to identify potential sources of contamination in their locations, find data to support source water assessments, and plans to manage potential sources of contamination and evaluate accidental spills and releases. DWMAPS also integrates drinking water protection activities with other environmental programs at the Federal, State, and local levels.

To access more information from USEPA about DWMAPS, click here.



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