What is Drinking Water Source Protection?The Ohio EPA conducted a Susceptibility Analysis and determined our aquifer has a High Susceptibility for contamination, which does not mean the aquifer will be contaminated but conditions exist which has the possibility for contamination. In order to prevent the likelihood of aquifer contamination the City of Pataskala created a Source Water Protection Plan. The Source Water Protection Plan is a written plan of action for protecting the water you drink from contamination at the source, along with emergency action plans in the event of contamination, or major water infrastructure failure.
To assist Pataskala with its Source Water Protection Plan efforts, Ohio EPA provided the City with a Revised Drinking Water Source Assessment report. This report included a map of the protection area based on calculations of how far water travels through the aquifer in five years. The report also includes information on land uses and facilities that may pose a contamination risk to the drinking water source. Potential risks are based on proximity to the drinking water source and the kinds/quantities of chemicals that are typically handled by these types of facilities.
The City of Pataskala has used the assessment to develop our Source Water Protection Plan. The effectiveness of this plan greatly depends on public involvement and education. If you would like to be involved with the Pataskala Source Water Protection Plan Task Force or if you would like to see a copy of the City’s Source Water Protection Plan, please contact the City of Pataskala’s Utility Director at 740-927-4134. A copy of theSource Water Protection Plancan be downloaded from the City's website at www.ci.pataskala.oh.us/utilities.aspx under the Source Water Protection link.