For Immediate Release:
For the purpose of satisfying requirements set forth in Senate Bill 373, several of our Eastern Panhandle public water systems received state grant funding to complete updates to their Source Water Protection Plans (SWPPs). The Bill required community water systems, statewide, to document planning and preparedness efforts for the possibility of contaminant releases that could impair public drinking water sources.
This funding to support these efforts was made available through the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services, Bureau for Public Health, by way of the Eastern Panhandle Regional Planning and Development Council, Region 9 (RPDC), for the benefit of the following Public Water Supply Utility sources and plants:
❑ City of Martinsburg;
❑ Berkeley County Public Service Water District (BCPSWD); Bunker Hill and Potomac River, and;
❑ Jefferson Utilities, Inc. (JUI); Burr Industrial Park and Walnut Grove.
Advanced Land and Water, Inc., an environmental consulting firm with extensive source protection experience throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, was hired through a competitive selection process to prepare a SWPP for each of the above-listed water systems.
The SWPP’s are now posted for public comment on Region 9’s website, by way of the below link:
http://www.region9wv.com - When commenting please provide your name and contact information.
HOW TO COMMENT:
You may provide your comments by:
- All Subject Systems: Submitting written comments by mail to Region 9 or e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org no later than February 19th, 2015.
REGION 9 COMMITTMENT TO CONTINUED PUBLIC PARTICIPATION:
Region 9 is committed to public participation and awareness in this important project for their local government members and for all citizens. Understanding that planning is a dynamic process, Region 9 wants offer every citizen the opportunity to learn more about this important effort. SWPP information for throughout the region is being placed on the Region 9 website for citizen review and comment and will remain available into 2016.
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Source Water Protection Plan Summaries and Reports
CITY OF MARTINSBURG SUMMARY
CITY OF MARTINSBURG REPORT
JEFFERSON UTILITIES SUMMARY
BURR INDUSTRIAL PARK AND WALNUT GROVE REPORT
BERKELEY COUNTY PSWD SUMMARY
BUNKER HILL REPORT
The Eastern Panhandle Regional Planning and Development Council (Region 9) is a council, created by the State of West Virginia, comprising of representatives (both elected and appointed) from three counties: Berkeley County, Jefferson County, Morgan County and the municipalities of Berkeley Springs (Bath), Bolivar, Charles Town, Harpers Ferry, Hedgesville, Martinsburg, Paw Paw, Ranson and Shepherdstown.
Region 9 was organized on June 20, 1972 in response to enabling legislation passed by the West Virginia Legislature and approved by the Governor on November 17, 1971. This enabling legislation is known as the Regional Planning and Development Act of 1971 and re-enacted Article 25, Chapter 8 of the West Virginia Code.
The Council exists to assist local governments in resolving their common problems, engage in area-wide comprehensive and functional planning, identify, apply for, and administer certain federal and state grants, and provide a regional focus in regard to multiple programs undertaken on an area-wide basis.