The protection of water supplies for rural communities throughout the State of Washington is a critical issue facing local government officials. This manual provides a thoughtful process and a collection of practical tools that can be used to provide enhanced protection of these resources. It includes explanations of both the technical issues (safe yield, delineation of protection areas and contaminant source identification) and of the planning issues (such as land use controls and public education programs).

We hope that you will use this manual and that it provides a valuable tool to ensure a healthy future for your water supply.  Thank you!