February 14, 2015--Source Water Collaborative issues 'call to action' to better protect drinking water resources (Water World)

In its recent call to action, the Source Water Collaborative (SWC), an organization comprised of federal, state and local partners aiming to protect drinking water sources, stated that ongoing changes to water quality and quantity are challenging the nation to redouble its efforts to protect its water resources. SWC, consisting of 22 national organizations including the National Ground Water Association, issued its call to action, titled "A Recommitment to Assessing and Protecting Sources of Drinking Water," in late December in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act. "Why a call to action now? As a nation, we face a host of water quality and quantity challenges that are both pressing and ongoing," SWC noted. "Persistent threats and challenges, and disastrous chemical spills, highlight the importance of safe drinking water to public health and local economies." SWC added, "The public and private costs of inaction can be extensive. Together, we must consider lessons learned over the past decade and apply newly available resources to prioritize threats and protect drinking water sources, both surface and ground water. A realistic assessment of recent events demonstrates that additional action by federal, state and local partners can and must be taken to effectively protect drinking water sources." SWC's vision is that "all drinking water sources are adequately protected. As a result, the nation gains profound public health advantages as well as economic benefits." To view the full article visit the Water World.