Alternate Water Supply (Planning)
All the Consortium members have contingency plans for having an alternate water supply in the event of pollution or water interuption. This could be an alternate location to drill a well, for example, to access water. The Consortium is constantly evaluating, sampling and measuring the water table and the capacity of the aquifer to meet demands of the public.
The Consortium has a network of early warning wells that are sampled several times a year for pollution. If pollution is detected in a monitoring well, we will determine if action needs to be taken to determine the extent of contamination, where it is coming from and if it is necessary to clean up the pollution. These actions are considered only if we determine its a threat to the drinking water supply.
Together, the Consortium Members work to:
- Actively assist with the evaluation of expansion options of the aquifer to meet current water availability for one another.
- Annually evaluate contingency plans for all of the Consortium members and the areas that they represent. They revise them to meet current needs in the event of an emergency or contamination.
- When they do decide on a site for a drinking water well, a pollution source inventory is conducted in the area to determine past, present and future potential pollution sources.
The objective of the Alternate Water Supply planning is to make sure water customers maintain high quality uninterupted water service 24 hours a day 7 days a week. The members of the Consortium play a major role in helping to safe guard the existing water source and plan together to develop other sources of water in the region.