Our drinking water comes from rivers, streams, borewells or underground aquifers located across the County and which can be interlinked and also can be fed from a wide catchment area and many different sources.
These drinking water sources are therefore at risk of contamination which can result in short term and\ or long term problems that are costly or even impossible to correct.
In order to make sure we have enough clean water for drinking and other uses, we need to protect sources by managing the influences on them. Source protection is one of the most effective and efficient means of protecting the safety of our water supply.
The Drinking Water Source Protection Plans have been prepared in accordance with the Department of Environment recommendations, Guidelines for the protection of drinking water supplies (LT14/92) and the Protection of drinking water supplies against contamination from Cryptosporidium (L7/98).