WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH GRANT PROPOSAL
Project ID: UT3401
Title: Source Water Protection Assessment Tools Development
Focus Categories: Water Quality, None
Keywords: Contaminant transport; Decision models; Environmental sanitation; Pollutants; Risk analysis; Septic tanks
Start Date: 03/01/2001
End Date: 02/28/2002
Federal Funds: $53,500
Non-Federal Matching Funds: $112,236
Congressional District: UT 1
Ronald C. Sims
Professor, Utah State University
Darwin L. Sorensen
Associate Professor, Utah State University
The susceptibility of source waters to contamination is to be determined for public water systems. Each system will be required to prioritize potential contamination sources, determine whether or not the source water is susceptible to each source, and to explain the basis for its determination. Research is being conducted to develop source water assessment tools that improve the use of scientific information and professional experience. The work proposed here is a continuation of a research project addressing this topic. Considerable progress has been made in designing and structuring assessment tools. The principal objective of the project is to develop a probabilistic exposure assessment system, based on fault tree analysis methodology, for integrating watershed information to evaluate the susceptibility of Utah drinking water sources to unacceptable contamination. Specific research tasks are to:
1. Integrate the hydrologic pollutant transport models that have been developed in the first two years of the project into a fault tree or fault net exposure assessment system.
2. Develop a pollution source inventory database that will interface with the exposure assessment system to provide information that may be used in the transport models and in risk characterization.
3. Develop a computerized decision support tool that will guide source water protection managers through the processes of ranking pollution sources relative to their health effects and the probability of the hazard occurring.
4. Compose the complete Source Water Protection Assessment tool kit including a source inventory database, exposure assessment model, and a source prioritization protocol (guidance).
5. Apply the "tool kit" to selected Utah drinking water supply watersheds and evaluate the results.