As of October 2013, the Farm Service Agency (FSA) under the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has funded a Source Water Protection Program through the New Jersey Water Association to assist rural and small communities served by public water systems to reduce and/or eliminate potential risks to drinking water sources.
Through the development of Source Water Protction Plans, no-cost assistance is provided to implement contamination prevention measures as prevention is the most cost-effective approach to protecting drinking water sources. Plans benefit both water customers and municipalities alike. Source Water Protection Plans are customized to suit the unique needs of each drinking water supply. Implementation is completely voluntary and proceeds at a pace indicative of the community.
Source Water Protection Plans can include regulatory strategies such as zoning and construction ordinances, regulation of septic tank maintenance, and regulation of hazardous materials or plans can include non-regulatory strategies such as land conservation and public education to reduce contamination threats.