Source Water Protection

Our top priority at West Virginia American Water is to provide high quality, reliable water service for our customers. Collaborative efforts to protect sources of water used as drinking water supplies are an important part of maintaining high quality water, and we are working to further these efforts in the communities we serve.

Source water is water that is used as a supply for drinking. It can take the form of surface water, which flows on top of the land surface within a watershed, or groundwater, which is stored in underground aquifers in the pore spaces of soil and rock. The quantity and quality of source water depends on local watershed conditions such as climate, topography, and land use. Find out more about watersheds here.

Source water protection involves identifying potential risks that could affect the drinking water supply and seeking to reduce those risks when possible to maintain quality of the supply source.  Potential risks to source water include contamination from materials that may be naturally occurring or are used, stored, and transported throughout the watershed. The types of materials vary from one location to another but typically can be associated with certain land uses such as agricultural, industrial, or residential. For more information about potential sources of contamination, click here.

There are several ways to manage risks to drinking water supplies, including regulations for material handling and land use practices to reduce contaminant impacts, and outreach to educate people about how their actions can affect source water supplies. This requires a community effort from utilities, businesses, residents, government agencies and organizations to share information and take action to protect our shared resources. In West Virginia, many waterways contribute to sources of community drinking water supplies, so it’s important that we all take steps to protect and improve this precious natural resource.

Follow the links below to learn more about our source water protection efforts and how individuals and businesses can help reduce impacts to local waterways.


Source Water Protection Planning

Current Source Water Protection Efforts

Community Resources


Source Water Protection Plans Submitted to WVDHHR for Review

We have submitted a Source Water Protection Plan (SWPP) for each of our water systems to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (WVDHHR) for review in accordance with state regulations. Links to the public version of each plan are provided below.

Stakeholder engagement is an important part of source water protection planning and we are committed to informing and engaging the public, local governments, local emergency planners, local health departments and area residents throughout the planning and implementation process. We hosted a series of public meetings in March 2016 to share information about the draft SWPPs and provide the opportunity to provide feedback in person and/or in writing. For a copy of the overview presented at the public meetings, click here. WVDHHR is also required to conduct at least one public hearing during the 180-day plan review period. Contact WVDHHR for details regarding when public hearings will be held and how to provide input.

We will also continue to accept comments on an ongoing basis for future plan updates. You may  provide input online or by mail to West Virginia American Water, Attn: Source Water Protection Manager, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, Charleston, WV 25302.

Bluefield Source Water Protection Plan
    Bluefield WVDHHR Response Addendum
Bluestone Source Water Protection Plan
    Bluestone WVDHHR Response Addendum
Gassaway Source Water Protection Plan
    Gassaway WVDHHR Response Addendum
Huntington Source Water Protection Plan     
   Huntington WVDHHR Response Addendum
Kanawha Valley Source Water Protection Plan
   Kanawha Valley WVDHHR Response Addendum
    Kanawha Valley SWPP Supplement
New River Source Water Protection Plan
   New River WVDHHR Response Addendum
Webster Springs Source Water Protection Plan
   Webster Springs WVDHHR Response Addendum
Weston Source Water Protection Plan
   Weston WVDHHR Response Addendum








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