Title page for ETD etd-05082002-205309

Type of Document Major Paper
Author Raftery, Kelley Lynne
URN etd-05082002-205309
Title A Comparative Analysis of Wellhead Protection: Virginia and Massachusetts
Degree Master of Science
Department Urban Affairs and Planning
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Richardson, Jesse J. Committee Chair
Keuhl, David Committee Member
Randolph, John Committee Member
  • Virginia
  • Wellhead Protection
  • Massachusetts
  • Safe Drinking Water Act
Date of Defense 2002-05-25
Availability unrestricted
Proactive drinking water programs assist communities in the long-term protection of their water supply. The 1986 amendments to the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) seek to protect groundwater sources of public drinking water. 42 United States Code Section 300h-7 created the Wellhead Protection Program. The 1986 SDWA Amendments require all states to submit a Wellhead Protection Program for public groundwater drinking sources. The 1996 SDWA Amendments require all states to submit Source Water Assessment Plans for both groundwater and surface water sources. The 1986 and 1996 SDWA Amendments aim to protect public health by preventing contamination of drinking water sources.

This paper compares and contrasts the effectiveness of groundwater Wellhead Protection Programs (WHPP) in Virginia and Massachusetts. These states take different management approaches to protect public groundwater drinking sources. Virginia encourages local governments to participate voluntarily in wellhead protection activities. Massachusetts requires all municipal and private suppliers that provide public drinking water to adopt a WHPP. The relative success achieved by Massachusetts and Virginia was evaluated with two measures: percentage of wellhead protection programs implemented and the percentage of state reported drinking water quality violations.

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