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Wellhead Protection

Wellhead Protection is a strategy designed to protect public drinking water supplies by managing the land surface around a well where activities might affect the quality of the water.

What is Wellhead Protection?

Wellhead protection is a way to protect your drinking water by managing an area around your community’s water supply wells to prevent contamination. By safely managing this important area you can help ensure a safe water supply now and in the future.

Why You Should Care?

Ground water is generally a safe and inexpensive source of drinking water. Having a wellhead protection plan in place in your community gives you peace of mind and helps ensure a safe water supply for you and your family, now and in the future.

Protecting the area around the wellhead requires the cooperation of businesses and residents in the wellhead protection area. While regulatory or zoning methods are management options, education and voluntary best management practices are often the preferred way to protect a wellhead area.

What You Can Do….

Clean up your property, properly storing or disposing of potential contaminants. If you have a septic system, have it inspected and serviced regularly. Read labels and follow directions on all chemicals, fertilizers, pesticides, and other hazardous products you use.  Discuss the importance of wellhead protection with your fellow citizens. Take an active role in protecting your future drinking water supplies.

“Safe Water for the Future” is a Purdue Extension program that provides resources on drinking water protection for individuals and communities.  Visit their web site at http://www.ecn.purdue.edu/safewater.