Source Water Protection


Source Water Protection Program

The purpose of our sourcewater protection program is to assist in the development of a “grassroots,” stakeholder driven process with the ultimate goal of protecting the source of drinking water. By initiating a sourcewater protection program with the assistance of SCRWA, the utility or community work together to guarantee clean, abundant, drinking water at the source, which acts to reduce treatment costs, can help boost economic development and encourages community engagement and education.


An example of a typical sourcewater protection process includes:

  • Basic delineation of watershed/wellhead and identification of potential sources of contamination

  • Facilitation of community stakeholder group meetings

  • Development of mitigation strategies to address contamination concerns

  • Implementation of mitigation strategies, such as: public education and outreach, agricultural best management practices, community planning initiatives for protection of water quality, stormwater best management practices, etc.


 Sourcewater Protection Specialist

Nick Rubin  |  864-617-3169  |


For more information on South Carolina water resources data, please visit:

South Carolina Water Plan, Second Edition
South Carolina Water Resources Assessment, Second Edition

For more information on the source water related programs, please visit the following:

SCDHEC Source Water Protection
SCDHEC Groundwater Resources
SCDHEC Surface Water Withdrawl Permitting, Registration and Use
SCDHEC Water Pollution Control Permits
SCDHEC  Septic Tanks

For more information on sourcewater related funding programs, please visit the following:

SCDHEC State Revolving Fund (SRF)

For more information on watershed protection/management programs, please visit the following:

USEPA  Watersheds
SCDHEC  Watershed Program

For more information on stormwater management programs, please visit the following:

SCDHEC Stormwater Permits