Resource guide

The following resources are categorized in order of the best practices outlined in the GO section of Drinking Water 1-2-3. MPC has also featured the websites of numerous agencies and organizations that directly relate to drinking water management in our region. We encourage you and your staff to use these helpful handbooks, reports, tools and websites to employ the practices outlined in this guide.

Protect your source

Conduct source water assessments

Support regulatory compliance and utility staff

Practice sensible salting

Encourage sensible fertilizing and landscaping

Improve hazardous waste and pharmaceutical disposal

Ensure you have enough

Track water usage

Conduct annual water loss audits

Analyze supply and demand

Designate groundwater recharge areas

  • Groundwater Science: This webpage provides useful information about groundwater resources, permitting and data collection for communities who use groundwater for drinking water in Illinois.
  • Model Ordinance: Protecting Groundwater Sources of Drinking Water: is document explains best practices for protecting groundwater sources that provide drinking water for communities.
  • Groundwater Resources: This website provides an overview about groundwater resources and as well as contact information for the United States Geological Survey (USGS), which has numerous resources to assist communities.

Reduce drinking water demand

  • Model Water Use Conservation Ordinance: This document provides a template for adopting an outdoor model water use conservation in your community in order to reduce demand on the drinking water system.
  • EPA WaterSense Program: This website outlines US EPA’s WaterSense Program, provides free resources, and outlines ways to help conserve water in your community. 

Maintain your infrastructure

Practice asset management

Be smart about planning for capital improvement projects

Support replacement of old, crumbling infrastructure

Finance your system

Set appropriate water rates based on need

Finance your capital improvement needs

Plan and coordinate with your neighbors

Include water in your community comprehensive plans

  • Sample Community Comprehensive Plan with Water: The City of Golden Valley, MN demonstrates an effective way for including water resource planning and management within a municipality’s comprehensive plan.
  • Planning Policy Guide on Water: This guide by the American Planning Association addresses ways in which water can and should be incorporated into local community comprehensive plans through a number of different policy methods.
  • Water-Wise Cities: This initiative by the International Water Association help community leaders develop, implement and promote resilient urban water management and design into their larger community plans.
  • One Water Hub: This website by the US Water Alliance outlines what One Water is, and provides helpful resources for shaping these important practices within communities.
  • Pathways to One Water: A Guide for Institutional Innovation: This document highlights research and practices for One Water management as well as and useful case studies to provide context.
  • Integrated Water Resource Planning: This report outlines a holistic approach to water system management, and reviews useful strategies for implementation.

Plan for droughts

Be prepared for emergencies

  • Planning for an Emergency Drinking Water Supply: This document outlines US EPA’s plan of action for addressing occurrences of water shortages or other emergency-like situations that can put water supply in jeopardy.
  • Water System Security and Resilience: This webpage provided by US EPA provides strategies, tools and additional resource for water utilities to efficiently and effectively handle drinking water contamination emergencies.
  • Emergency Preparedness Resource Community: This webpage by AWWA provides information about the Water Agency Response Network (WARN), which is a network of utilities that help other utilities respond to and recover from emergencies. 

Embrace regional water supply coordination and service sharing

Engage your community

Implement water conservation and demand management

  • Lawn and Landscape Practices: This document outlines a number of ideas for more environmentally friendly landscaping, gardening and fertilizing practices that can help reduce outdoor water use.
  • Water Conservation Lawn Watering Ordinance: This document outlines ordinance language communities can adopt that promotes outdoor water saving methods and requirements for lawn watering.
  • WaterSense Products: This webpage provides a detailed explanation of products that can be used to help promote the more efficient use of water through the WaterSense program.

Provide community education and engagement programs

Related agency websites