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CITY OF TROY RECOGNIZED BY OHIO EPA REGARDING THECITY’S SOURCE WATER ASSESSMENT & PROTECTION PLAN (SWAP)Local Drinking Water Being Protected The City of Troy source water protection plan has been endorsed and praised by Ohio EPA. The plan enhances the community’s ability to protect the quality of its drinking water source. At the June 18 meeting of Troy City Council, OEPA Geologist Megan Marhelski made a presentation to Mayor Michael Beamish, Water Plant Superintendent Jeff Monce, and Assistant Water Plant Superintendent Ralph Walters recognizing the exceptional efforts of the City of Troy in protecting the source of the City’s drinking water. The City of Troy has been actively involved in source water protection since 1984. Our original plan was endorsed by the EPA in 2000 and of the recent revision Mrs. Marhelski stated “the protection plan far exceeded our minimum requirements and was easily endorsed.” A protection plan though is not enough to ensure a clean drinking water supply. It is the implementation of that plan that sets communities apart. Troy is one of only nine public water systems in southwest Ohio to be acknowledged for an “exceptional” implementation of their plan. This is due in part to the dedication of staff and local business and resident leaders who participate in the Troy Source Water Area Protection Committee. Of the 165 communities in southwestern Ohio with ground water as their drinking water source less than half are actively protecting their water source and only 9 including Troy are doing and exceptional job of implementing their plan. The source water protection plan is a public document. A copy can be requested from the office of the City Engineer, City Hall, or from Ohio EPA. More information about Ohio EPA’s Source Water Assessment and Protection (SWAP) Program is available online at http://www.epa.ohio.gov/ddagw/swapSource Water Assessment and Protection Programwww.epa.ohio.govCharacterizing and protecting Ohio's ground water quality and ensuring that public water systems provide adequate supplies of safe drinking water.