The Commission recognizes the challenges facing smaller municipal water supply systems to keep abreast of current regulatory requirements. Through a partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP), the Commission initiated the Public Water Supply Assistance Program (PWSAP) in 2012 to assist small municipal systems in meeting the Commission’s regulatory requirements. In addition to targeted system-specific assistance, the Commission is also providing general outreach and education on regulatory requirements, training on aquifer testing planning, groundwater withdrawal application preparation, and other educational programs specifically for public water supply systems.
PWSAP is being expanded to assist small public water supply systems to resolve post-approval conditions that require monitoring to confirm that significant adverse impacts to other users or the environment will not occur. To be eligible, public water suppliers must meet the previously established criteria and have post-approval conditions that require monitoring until staff determines that operational monitoring confirms that significant adverse impacts will not occur.