Source Water Protection

The Integrated Source Water Protection Program is a comprehensive voluntary approach to help communities develop and implement a plan that protects their public drinking water supplies.

Source Water Protection plans have been completed for communities in 7 of Nevada’s 17 counties through this program. View completed plans.

Local planning to prevent contamination of “source waters” reduces:

  • risks to public health and,
  • potential for expensive clean up problems

The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) has contracted with us, Resource Concepts, Inc. (RCI), to provide technical assistance at no charge to Nevada communities (2012 through 2020).

For more information on the program please click on the State of Nevada link below or contact Jill Sutherland, RCI Project Manager at 775-883-1600 or jill@rci-nv.com.

Source Water Protection Plan for Public Water Systems in Washoe County

Public drinking water comes from surface and underground “source waters”. There are over 90 public water systems in Washoe County that use almost 250 wells and the Truckee River to supply over 400,000 people with drinking water.

In January 2017, the Integrated Source Water Protection Program was invited to work with communities in Washoe County, to plan county-wide strategies to protect drinking water quality. Planning goals:

  • Manage contamination from human activities on the land surface to protect our wells and groundwater quality.
  • Update the Truckee River Watershed Management Plan, because the river is a “source water” for about 80 percent of the county population.

NDEP is combining resources from the Safe Drinking Water Act wellhead protection program and the Clean Water Act Section 319 program, to support the public water systems in a comprehensive watershed approach to protect drinking water quality in Washoe County.

All public water systems are encouraged to participate in this voluntary no charge program. We will post information below as it becomes available.

Draft Source Water Protection Plan

Coming Soon

ISWPP Information

Public Water Systems in Washoe County

Meeting Announcements, Agendas, and Minutes

Coming Soon

Letters of Support

Letter from from John P. Enlow to Kim Borgzinner

Partners and Useful Links

Truckee Meadows Stormwater Quality Management Program
Western Regional Water Commission
Washoe County: Groundwater Basics
Truckee Meadows Water Authority

Endorsed Source Water Protection Plans in Nevada

Source Water Protection Plan for Public Water Systems in Humboldt County (2016)

Source Water Protection Plan for Public Water Systems in Churchill County (2015)

Source Water Protection Plan for Public Water Systems in Lyon County (2014)

Source Water Protection Plan for Public Water Systems in Carson City (2014)

Community Source Water Protection Plan for Public Water Systems In White Pine County, Nevada (2012)

No documents available.

Community Wellhead Protection Plan for Public Water Systems in Douglas County (2012)

Community Source Water Protection Plan for Public Water Systems in Nye County (2012)

Useful Links

State of Nevada Integrated Source Water Protection Program

The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection “emap” website offers information regarding water quality, land use and much more that is useful for source water protection.

FTP Site

More materials are available on a private FTP site. The link to the site is here: ftp://ftp.rci-nv.com. To obtain the password, please contact Jill Sutherland, RCI Project Manager at 775-883-1600 or jill@rci-nv.com.