Source Water Protection Week observed

The City of Decorah recognizes Sept. 25 through Oct. 1 as Source Water Protection Week.

The City of Decorah is recognizing September 25 through October 1 as Source Water Protection Week.

The best way to assure we have high quality drinking water at the tap is to protect our drinking water sources. If we keep our rivers, lakes, and groundwater free from pollution, it is easier and less expensive to keep water safe and healthy.

In partnership with Winneshiek County Conservation, Iowa Water Quality Consulting, L.L.C., and Northeast Iowa RC&D, the City of Decorah received an Iowa Water Infrastructure Funding Grant. A portion of this grant supports conducting technical groundwater and surface water assessments that help create a groundwater model that more accurately identifies Decorah’s drinking water sources (source water). In addition, advanced water testing is being conducted to help identify potential water quality risks. The Decorah Drinking Water Protection Planning team will utilize this information to create a viable Drinking Water Protection Plan.

City Councilman Kirsten Olson stated, “This is a project that involves many partnerships for long-term success, and we appreciate the collaboration by local citizens, businesses, conservation agencies, landowners, and non-profits in this very important community endeavor.”

Decorah’s City Engineer Jeremy Bril stated: “When we address water quality concerns at the source instead of just at the treatment plant, the natural environment benefits. Plants, trees, and animals all thrive alongside clean water, it is a symbiotic sustainable relationship. Source Water Protection Week is a great time to explore partnerships that ensure we all have clean, safe drinking water sources. Collaboration, education, and technical resources aid to sustain our quality of life.”

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