Noncommunity Water System Source Water Assessment Reports
Source Water Assessment Reports identify the vulnerability of public water system sources (wells and surface water intakes) to potential contamination. All source water assessments were performed by the DEP in cooperation with the US Geological Survey. Each water source received a susceptibility rating of high, medium, or low for each of the following contaminant categories:
While these assessments identify the potential for a drinking water source to become contaminated, having a high susceptibility to contamination does not mean you are drinking contaminated water. New Jersey’s drinking water quality is very good and public water systems are continually monitored to ensure compliance with State and Federal drinking water standards. If a drinking water source is susceptible to contamination, there are programs in place to address possible risks and protect public health.
The DEP developed two versions of a Source Water Assessment Report for the noncommunity water systems. The first report, the Noncommunity Water System Source Water Assessment Report, is specific for the individual water system. The Noncommunity Water System Source Water Assessment Report includes an overview of the program, source susceptibility ratings to the eight potential contaminant categories, an individual explanatory variable inventory, and a source water assessment map. A total of 3239 Noncommunity Water System Source Water Assessment Reports were developed, one for each noncommunity water system in New Jersey at the time the assessments were performed.
The second type of Noncommunity Source Water Assessment Report the DEP developed is the Municipality Noncommunity Source Water Assessment Report. A Municipality Noncommunity Source Water Assessment Report incorporates all of the noncommunity water system source water assessment information within each municipality. The first three sections of this report contain general SWAP information such as background information on drinking water systems, an overview of the SWAP, and the SWAP steps. The fourth section contains the smaller individual Noncommunity Water System Source Water Assessment Reports for the systems within the municipality. The report also contains appendices that include a source water assessment area map, susceptibility rating scheme, technical resources, and contact information. The Department decided to develop the municipality-based report to assist municipalities and local planning officials in planning decisions and source water protection efforts. A total of 296 Municipality Noncommunity Source Water Assessment Reports were developed, one for each municipality in the State that contains at least one noncommunity water system.
The Noncommunity Water System Source Water Assessment Reports can be accessed through the following two links: