Town Services

Value & Protect Our Drinking Water

Fraser River Source Water Protection Program

What is source water protection? Source water protection is a proactive, non-regulatory approach to preventing the pollution of lakes, rivers, streams, and groundwater that serve as a source of drinking water. 

For generations, water quality was taken for granted, and still today, many people assume that our water is naturally protected. But anything we do on top of the ground has the potential to affect someone's drinking water. As water moves through and over the ground, contaminants can be picked up and carried to a community drinking water supply.

What's in a Source Water Protection Plan (SWPP)? A SWPP identifies: the area in need of protection, called a source water protection area, potential sources of contamination, and management approaches that could help to reduce the risk of contaminants entering the water sources.

In August of 2017, the Fraser River Source Water Protection Partnership, a consortium of nine public water systems and other stakeholders, developed a SWPP to help protect the sources of your drinking water. You can read the SWPP in its entirety on Grand County's website. 

How can you help to protect your drinking water?

  • Use Water Wisely. Routinely check your water pipes for potential leaks. Use water-saving showerheads, toilets, faucets, and high efficiency appliances. Water lawns only when necessary and preferably in the mornings or evenings to avoid evaporation losses from hot and windy weather conditions.
  • Properly Dispose of Household Hazardous Waste. Never pour on the ground, down the drain or toilet: cleaning supplies, paints, solvents, fertilizers and pesticides, gasoline, motor oil, antifreeze, or other waste chemicals. Read product labels for disposal directions and check with your local environmental, health, or solid waste agency for more disposal options.
  • Properly Dispose of Drugs & Personal Care Products. Don't flush expired or unwanted prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs down the toilet or drain unless the label specifically instructs you to do so. The Granby Town Hall has a drug disposal container for the Drug Take-Back Program that is available during business hours. 
  • Use Safer Household Cleaning Products. Instead of hazardous household products, look for the EPA's Safer Choice Label to identify products that perform well and are safer for human health and the environment. 
  • Apply Fertilizers & Pesticides Properly. When possible, use non-chemical control methods to reduce or eliminate pest problems. If using pesticides and/or fertilizers, always read the label first and follow the directions to the letter. Use the correct amounts, don't spray on windy or rainy days, and take precautions to avoid runoff.
  • Report Spills & Dumping on Roadways. Report any possible spills and dumping from vehicles on road by calling "911". This helps local emergency response teams effectively contain and remediate the spill to prevent it from entering the waterways.