Drinking Water Protection 

Safe drinking water starts at the source.  

West Virginians get their drinking water from sources like rivers, lakes, reservoirs, streams, and groundwater. The cleaner our drinking water sources, the cleaner our drinking water. 

The more polluted our drinking water sources are, the more expensive it is to treat the water, burdening both water utilities and their customers. More importantly, the more polluted our drinking water sources, the greater the human health risk.  

Following the West Virginia water crisis in 2014, the legislature passed a law requiring public water systems that utilize water sources easily susceptible to contamination (rivers, lakes, reservoirs, and streams) to have a Source Water Protection Plan 

These plans include management strategies to prevent contamination of drinking water sources, and encourage the public to participate in protection efforts. 

The Safe Water for West Virginia program facilitates collaboration between utilities and their communities to actively implement Source Water Protection Plans and protect drinking water sources.  


Looking to take a deeper dive into source water protection? Check out these resources to learn more.

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