Dayton wants to change the way it protects drinking water

Proposed changes to Dayton's Source Water Protection Progam. (Photo/City of Dayton)
Proposed changes to Dayton's Source Water Protection Progam. (Photo/City of Dayton)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The City of Dayton wants to make some changes to the way it protects the public water supply.

The Source Water Protection Program works to protect the drinking water of 400,000 residential and commercial users.

The proposal was discussed at a city work session Wednesday. Among the key changes is a 40 percent reduction in the protection area which is defined by a “one year time of travel from a contaminant spill to a well”.

Other proposals include expanding prohibited land uses, improved chemical exemption processes, establishment of an appeals board and the establishment of a market based exchange program for businesses.

“The proposed Source Water Protection Program changes ensure continued protection of Dayton’s drinking water supply in the years ahead while allowing for business expansion in the area,” said City Manager Tim Riordan. “It’s important to note that the occupancy rate in the protection area is at 90 percent, and property values are comparable to those outside the area.”

Public meetings will be held to explain the changes to the public.

Visit the City of Dayton online for more information. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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