Reliance on Structural Controls for Water Supply Protection in Urbanizing Watersheds

by John P. Hartigan, Camp Dresser & McKee Inc, United States,
Thomas F. Quasebarth, Camp Dresser & McKee Inc, United States,
Kelly A. Cave, Camp Dresser & McKee Inc, United States,
David A. Nailor, Camp Dresser & McKee Inc, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Optimizing the Resources for Water Management


The watershed is the source of pollutants which can contaminate the water supply reservoir. It is far preferable to implement an affordable watershed management plan that keeps contaminants out of the water supply reservoir, than to rely solely on water treatment plants to treat a contaminated supply in order to meet drinking water standards. The watershed management approach is an additional pollution 'barrier' deployed to ensure high quality drinking water at the source. A watershed management plan is also desirable because it is a proactive approach which focuses on the cost-effective prevention of future water quality problems. This paper describes a watershed management plan developed to protect two water supply reservoirs which serve the City of High Point in central North Carolina.

Subject Headings: Water pollution | Water supply | Watersheds | Water quality | Water management | Structural control | Municipal water | Urban areas | North Carolina

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