Over the last five years we have been the program manager for an involving public water supply protection program. The project was recently awarded the prestigious Source Water Protection Award by the American Water Works Association.
The program has been effective in reducing nutrient loads to the reservoir by 20%, and it has increased the life expectancy of the reservoir by 12 years by reducing sediment loads. The program has also led to the delisting of aquatic algae and manganese as EPA regulatory impairments.
The water treatment costs are lower and costly upgrades to the treatment plant are no longer needed. The water quality and aquatic health of the lake has also increased, and recreational opportunities are stronger than they have been in years due to reduced algae issues.
Click on the fact sheet to learn more about how this was done and how it can be applied for your water supply.