Source Protection

RWAU Source Protection Assistance

New Source Protection Plans:  

The RWAU Sourcewater Technician helps systems who need to develop a brand new Source Protection plan on a new source. For the creation of a new Source Protection Plan, the RWAU Sourcewater Technician works with water systems to:

  • Develop and implement a plan to address the state-specific source water protection needs of rural and small community water systems in the state
  • Provide assistance and support in facilitating the implementation of source water protection plans
  • Facilitate and mediating planning meetings between various cross-jurisdictional entities
  • Provide assistance and support in source water protection planning
  • Provide presentations and assistance to local officials, community groups, and others
  • Respond to inquiries from facilities, consumers, governmental agencies, and others regarding technical matters
  • The RWAU Source Protection Program is funded through USDA Farm Services via the National Rural Water Association

This is a free service, but due to the large nature of these projects, the RWAU technician can complete only a limited amount of new source protection plans each year. If you have a new source that needs a plan, please use the link below to email your request as early as possible.  

Request Assistance with a New Source Protection Plan


Source Protection Plan Updates - Free Training: 

The deadline for submitting plan updates can be found in the chart below.  The RWAU Source Protection Technician can provide onsite training to help teach you how to complete your source protection plan updates. This training is at your system and typically lasts about 1 hour. If you would like to schedule a free training with the RWAU Source Water Technician to take advantage this training, please email her a request using the link below. 

System Population Springs Wells Surface Water
>10,000 December 31, 2020 December 31, 2025
3,300-10,000 December 31, 2021 December 31, 2020
<3,300 December 31, 2022 December 31, 2021
All Populations December 31, 2023

Request Plan Update Training (Free)


Source Protection Plan Updates - Full Completion:  

Rural Water also offers a full-service option for Source Protection Plan Updates. This is a paid option for those who want RWAU to complete the source portection plans for them. An RWAU employee will update your source protection plan, give you action steps as needed and work with you to get your plan submitted to the Division of Drinking Water. Some steps in this option include:

  • Helping you locate your current plan (if needed)
  • Review of current plan
  • Finding and communicating  action items that may need to be completed by your system
  • Updating these items in the plan once they have been completed 
  • Submitting the plan to DDW 

The fee for this service is $450 for Members and $650 for nonmembers. Use the link below to email Megan a request for this service and she will get in touch with you to begin the process. 

Request Full service plan update


Protecting Our Water Resources
RWAU presents Source Protection Demonstrations at water fairs and schools throughout the state - especially during the statewide Spring and Summer Water Education Event. We would be happy to come out to your community to present what Source Protection is all about, as well as what can be done to help protect water sources.

Use the link below to request a visit from the RWAU Sourcewater Technician to present Source Protection at your Water Fair or Event! (And its free!)

request a source protection demonstration


Submit a Thank You Letter
Did the RWAU Source WAter TEchnician help you out or doa great job for you? Say thanks byu sumibtting a letter for us to take back to Washington DC and let them know this program is important! See some sample letters linked below, and use the button too submit your thankyou note today (and thanks for your support!)

Examples: Diamond Fork High, Washington County

Submit a Thank you Letter


Additional Source Protection Public Educational Resources

Water Pollution (YouTube Video)

The Ripple Effect (YouTube Video)

EPA Source Water Protection


Source Protection Resources:

DDW Source Protection Program

Fracking: Is It Safe For Utah

Utah Department of Natural Resources