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EPA award honors Stanley for protecting drinking water sources

Release Date: 10/26/2001
Contact Information: Roy Seneca (215) 814-5567

Contact: Roy Seneca (215) 814-5567

PHILADELPHIA - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded the Town of Stanley, Page County, Va. a source water protection award for its efforts to protect the county’s drinking water sources.

“Drinking water is a finite and precious resource so we applaud communities like the Town of Stanley that are taking steps to protect it,” said Donald Welsh, regional administrator for EPA’s mid-Atlantic Region.

The town was recognized for its source water protection efforts which included initiating a basic wellhead protection program and conducting a study on what could be done to protect the five wells that provide drinking water to the county residents.

“We know that the health of our community depends upon clean drinking water so we are committed to protecting the sources,” said Terry Pettit, the Stanley town superintendent.

In 1996, the federal Safe Drinking Water Act was amended to give greater protection to millions of Americans who rely on public drinking water systems. By law, all states must delineate areas supplying drinking water to public water systems and have programs in place for protecting drinking water sources from potential contamination.

EPA’s source water protection award recognizes communities that take steps to protect their sources of drinking water. The award is open to individuals, water suppliers, municipalities, civic groups and public and private organizations in all of the EPA Region 3 states which include Virginia, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.