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  Seminar Publication, Wellhead Protection: A Guide for Small Communities (EPA/625/R-93/002) (155 pp, 16.4 MB) February 1993

This document is designed to help small-community decision makers, utility personnel, and other interested community members. It provides the basic information needed to begin a wellhead protection program. The document:

  • Introduces basic concepts about ground water, useful in developing wellhead protection programs
  • Discusses the hydrogeologic cycle, types of aquifers, and fundamentals of ground water movement
  • Explains how ground water becomes contaminated
  • Describes sources of ground water contamination and the potential effects on human health and local economies
  • Discusses legislation and regulations designed to protect ground water supplies
  • Presents the five steps for developing a wellhead protection program
  • Presents case studies, lists of publications, financial assistance programs, and regional resources

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