About Water Supply Planning Assistance
Water supply planning assistance is provided through the development of community, county, and watershed area water supply analyses which serve to update the five regional water plans, originally undertaken during the 1960s and 1970s. The regional water plans provided analyses related to water supply, water quality, flood control, recreation, and land & soil management. While these original water plans are now between twenty and thirty years old, still they may contain useful inventory and planning information. During the 1980s, the community water supply portions of two of the five regional water plans were updated. Since then, community water supply updates have been undertaken as staff time has allowed for smaller areas, generally at the request of local officials or planning groups. The community water supply analyses assess existing water system capacity, projected future needs, and alternative and recommended solutions for development of additional water sources. The primary emphasis is on water quantity issues and the development of needed raw water sources. Drinking water quality and treatment issues are the responsibility of the Ohio EPA, Division of Drinking & Ground Waters.
The following fact sheet regarding the status of community water supply planning in Ohio can be viewed on-line or obtained from the Division of Water:
Community Water Supply Planning in Ohio (77k PDF file or Web Page)
(Past, future, current study plans, need for ongoing planning), by Leonard Black, 1993; 2 pages; no charge for single photocopies, additional photocopies are $.50 each plus sales tax and shipping charges. (listed as FS 22).
Limited planning assistance may be available in the development of local water supply sources, especially with regard to needs and alternatives assessment. Drought response planning and assistance in obtaining emergency community water supplies during drought periods is also available. Information regarding conflicts between water users and the right to withdraw water is also provided.
- Regional Water Plans & Community Water Supply Analyses
- Source Development Planning/Drought Response Planning/Emergency Water Supplies
- Water Withdrawal Rights