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Key Questions About Water Source Status
 
 

For each primary water source identified, you will want to develop an initial reliability assessment. For those sources showing signs of stress, a more in-depth assessment may be warranted.

Current Status of Source

  • What is the ability of the source to meet current water demands associated with agricultural, industrial, residential, and ecosystem needs? Average and peak demands?
  • What has been the reliability of available water quantity over the past 5, 10, and 50 years?
  • What has been the reliability of consistent water quality over the past 5, 10 and 50 years?
  • What is the susceptibility of the source to significant fluctuations in availability of water due to weather events, such as drought, weather patterns and trends, or other catastrophic events over the past 5, 10, and 50 years?
  • What is the condition of infrastructure, such as storage, treatment plants, and transmission pipelines?
  • What is the financial status of the municipal water supplier?
  • What are the points of vulnerability to accidental or intentional contamination?

Assessment of Trends

  • What is the likely ability of the source to meet projected future water demands associated with agricultural, industrial, residential, and ecosystem needs?
  • Is there a likelihood of increased regulatory requirements?
  • Does the manager of the source have a high potential for funding to address infrastructure improvements?
  • What is the potential for disruption due to jurisdictional, political, social, or cultural disputes?
  • Are there viable alternate freshwater sources in the area?

Business Impacts on Source

  • To what degree does the business affect this source through its water use or impacts?

 

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