Water Resources Program 2019-2021

Key Project:

Expand Assistance to Drinking Water Suppliers


Priority Water Resources Need:

Update Regulatory Processes


Project Location:

Basinwide


Project Lead:

Project Description:
Water withdrawal

The Commission recognizes the challenges facing small drinking water systems in keeping up to date and meeting ever‐changing 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. Since then, the Commission has provided services including: targeted system‐ specific assistance; Pre‐Drill Well Site Review (PDWSR) assistance, general outreach and education on regulatory requirements; training on the preparation and implementation of aquifer testing plans and groundwater withdrawal applications; application review fee relief and educational programs on topics of interest to the public water supply industry. Recently, the PWSAP has been expanded to offer training opportunities developed by outside organizations that regulate or provide services to the public water supply community, technical assistance to resolve docket conditions involving post‐approval monitoring, and training directed towards public watersupply system managers.

The Commission will continue to expand the PWSAP with a focus on the development of additional training opportunities, PDWSR assistance, and post‐approval condition resolution. Additionally, the Commission will continue to provide application review fee relief as funding allows.


Challenges:
  • Securing additional funding from partners

Key Milestones:
  • •  Secure additional grant funding from PADEP
    (August 2018)
  • •  Conduct biannual management training workshops
    (Through June 2021)
  • •  Conduct annual consultant training sessions
    (Through June 2021)
  • •  Provide targeted system assistance
    (Through June 2021)