Whether your drinking water comes from a lake, river, reservoir, or groundwater, it is important to protect the source from contamination. One of the best ways to protect your drinking water is to prevent pollution from getting into your drinking water source. Your drinking water can become polluted with animal waste, fertilizer, pesticides, herbicides, motor oil, gasoline, and other substances as they get carried to the source by runoff pollution.
All public water systems have identified potential sources of contamination and are working on source water protection plans. You can get involved in protecting your drinking water too by contacting your water provider.
If you have your own drinking water well, you can take steps to protect your water source. Be sure the well cover, cap, and casing are in good repair, and install a locking well cap. Keep hazardous chemicals like paint, fertilizer, pesticides, gasoline, and motor oil away from your well. Check your well each month for visible signs of cracking or corrosion. Keep the area around your well clean and free of debris. Do not pour harmful chemicals on the ground and don't overuse fertilizers and pesticides. Have your septic system checked each year, and pumped every 3-5 years. Dispose of household chemicals properly. Never pour them in your yard or down a storm drain.
Leaking Septic Systems, Pet Waste, Wildlife, & Farm Animals, Improper Application of Manure
Fertilizers, Agriculture, Pet Waste, & Leaking Septic Systems
Fertilizers, Pesticides, & Household Chemicals
Paper, Plastic, Cigarette Butts, & Yard Waste
Croplands, Forested Lands, Improperly Managed Construction Sites, & Eroding Streambanks
Antifreeze, Battery Acid, Brake Fluids, Motor Oil & Gasoline