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Drinking Water Source Protection Program (DWSP2)

Who Can Participate?

DWSP2 is open to all community public water supplies in New York.

New York State is looking for volunteers to take a stake in their source(s) of public drinking water by participating in the Drinking Water Source Protection Program (DWSP2). The State is launching this initiative to provide municipalities with resources and tools to proactively protect their drinking water sources. The goal is to help up to 30 municipalities develop and implement a drinking water source protection plan for the source(s) of their drinking water.

DWSP2 is a four Agency initiative co-led by the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Department of Health (DOH), (leaves DEC's website) in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture and Markets (DAM) and Department of State (DOS). The State will retain a consultant to work with the selected municipalities to update source water assessments and develop a protection plan. As a result of this program, participating municipalities can use their newly developed drinking water source protection plan to start implementing protection measures.

How Does DWSP2 Benefit My Community?

The purpose of developing a long-term protection plan for source water(s) is to protect public health and safety, and the environment. Using a drinking water source protection plan, municipalities can make informed decisions to achieve DWSP2 goals.

  • No out-of-pocket costs to participating municipalities for plan development.
  • Protect public health by preventing pollutants from entering a drinking water supply.
  • Avoid preventable drinking water treatment costs.
  • Increase community confidence in their local public drinking water.
  • Create long-lasting partnerships that support implementation.
  • Utilize a broad array of existing funding sources to aid with project implementation costs.

What is a Drinking Water Source?

A drinking water source can be groundwater from an aquifer or surface water, such as lake, stream or river.

What is a Drinking Water Source Protection Plan?

A drinking water source protection plan includes a detailed description of a municipality's source water, the potential threats, best management practices to mitigate potential threats, and strategies to protect the source.

Additional Resources

For additional information on and resources for Drinking Water Source Protection Program, visit:

Link to Fact Sheet (PDF, 120 KB) - A brief description of the program and benefits to participating.

Link to Roles and Responsibilities of Participating Municipalities and the State (PDF, 76 KB) - Learn more about the expected commitments and anticipated yearly activities of DWSP2.

Link to Application Page - Learn more about the application process.

Note to Consulting Firms

We have received calls regarding how and when the State will select a consulting firm to work with the selected municipalities. The State has not finalized the procurement process for the DWSP2 consultant. At this time, we are not accepting applications, name, phone numbers etc. The State expects to make an announcement later this year.


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