Project #4748

Evaluation of Risk Management Frameworks and Tools and their Application for Managing Source Water Risks in the United States

In Progress
Principal Investigator
Research Manager
Dr. Kenan Ozekin
Corona Environmental Consulting, LLC
Source Water Protection
Risk Assessment


Under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) Amendments of 1996, states were required to develop Source Water Assessment Programs (SWAPs) to identify existing and potential sources of contamination in drinking source waters. This Tailored Collaboration research project is designed to move the SWAP process forward toward effective and practical risk management, by moving beyond Risk Identification to the “Risk Assessment” and “Risk Management” phases of public health protection. The proposed research combines a thorough and systematic investigation of risk management frameworks and tools in use by the water sector along with utility pilot testing to develop and evaluate a suggested methodology for managing source water risks in the United States. Tailored Collaboration Partner: Tampa Bay Water.

A paper summarizing the interim findings of this project can be found below, under Project Papers.