West Virginia City Wins EPA Source Water Protection Award
City made protection plans to avoid contamination from nearby Superfund site
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) mid-Atlantic office has awarded Vienna, W.Va., a source water protection award for its work in protecting drinking water sources.
“The city of Vienna is getting this award for taking proactive measures to help ensure that residents will continue to have access to safe and healthy drinking water,” said EPA Regional Administrator Shawn M. Garvin. “Drinking water is a finite and precious resource so we applaud these efforts.”
Vienna’s source water efforts are significant because its water supply is vulnerable to contamination from the nearby Vienna PCE Superfund site. The city of Vienna recognized the vulnerability to its groundwater and took proactive measures to reduce the likelihood of negative impacts.
The city established a wellhead protection plan, developed a source water protection plan with the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources and worked with the U.S. Geological Survey to develop a groundwater model to determine the rate and direction of the groundwater flow.
EPA’s source water protection awards recognize organizations and communities that take steps to protect drinking water sources. The awards are open to individuals and public and private organizations throughout EPA’s mid-Atlantic region, which includes Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, the District of Columbia and Maryland. Recipients have voluntarily gone beyond what the law requires to protect their drinking water.