Hired in March 2010 as a Source Water Specialist, Andrew helps municipalities protect their groundwater resources by providing assistance in wellhead protection planning. Andrew has a graduate degree in Hydrogeology and worked for the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey prior to joining WRWA. Andrew, his wife Jenny and daughters live in Sun Prairie WI. They enjoy hanging with friends, and outdoor adventures when not working.
WRWA’s Source Water protection program began in July 2004. Funded through the USDA Farm Service Agency, it provides protection planning and technical assistance to communities throughout Wisconsin. Source water protection plans focus on protecting community drinking water supplies on a multijurisdictional basis. Source water protection plans can focus on a region working together or a municipality and its immediate neighboring townships to help safeguard drinking water sources. All services are provided at no cost.
This program also provides technical assistance to communities and systems having issues regarding their source water, contamination sources, protection ordinances, and other related issues. See the below documents for more information.
What is Source Water?
Source Water is the natural origin of the water we use on a daily basis. Source Water can be any water body, whether it is a spring, groundwater, or surface water that is used for drinking water, whether it is a private well or a Public Water System (PWS). “Public Water System” means a system for the provision to the public of piped water for human consumption, if such a system has at least 15 service connections or regularly serves an average of at least 25 individuals daily at least 60 days out of the year.
There are four classifications of Public Water Systems; Community Municipal Systems, Community Non- Municipal Systems (Other Than Municipal –OTM), Non-Transient Non-Community, and Transient Non-Community. See Appendix A for flow chart of different types of public water systems.