Source Water Protection is the wise use of land around public drinking wells. The goal of Source Water Protection is to protect ground water used for drinking water from contamination.
Why is Source Water Protection Important?
- 67% of all Delawareans rely on ground water for their sole source drinking water.
- 100% of Kent and Sussex County residents rely on ground water as their source of drinking water.
- Contaminated ground water is difficult and very expensive to clean up. Local communities are often left to bear the cost of well replacement or water treatment.
- Ground water contamination can devalue real estate, cause business to relocate, and may result in high utility fees.