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Source Water is a lake, stream, river or aquifer where drinking water is obtained.
Source Water Protection (SWP) is the act of preventing contaminants from entering public drinking water sources. SWP includes both ground water (wellhead) protection and surface water protection.
The IDNR SWP Program is a voluntary program and is divided into Targeted and Non-Targeted programs in order to provide better customer service to our Iowa Community Water Supplies (CWS).
The Source Water Protection Program for Targeted Community Water Supplies works with communities in need of addressing an existing contaminant problem in their drinking water supply.
A "targeted" community is defined as:
This program offers to:
The Source Water Protection Program for Non-Targeted Community Water Supplies works with all communities in Iowa that are interested in Source Water Protection. This program: