Protecting our Source Water

Water use has been growing at more than double the rate of population increase during the last century, and an increasing number of regions are chronically short of water. By 2025, 800 million people will be living in countries or regions with absolute water scarcity, and two-thirds of the world’s population could be under stress conditions.

Although 70% of our world is covered in water, only 1% of that water is drinkable.  As the population continues to grow, and increasingly relies on water for its development, the crisis is reaching global dimensions and requires action at all levels to address the problem. 

So what can you do to help?  Start by PROTECTING OUR SOURCE WATER.  The more we take care of the water we have, the more water we’ll have for the future.  There are a number of ways to protect McCreary County’s source water, and they all start with you.

In 2012, McCreary County Water District completed a multi-year study of three sub watersheds within McCreary County.  The goal of this project was to lay the foundation for continued improvement in the water quality of the Big South Fork River and it's tributaries through the development of a Watershed Based Plan and the dissemination of the plan's findings. The three focus sub watersheds studied were Bear Creek, Big Creek, and Roaring Paunch Creek. To read more about the project, it's conclusions and how you can get involved with helping to protect the source water in McCreary County, check out the complete Watershed Based Plan by clicking here. You can also view plan appendices by clicking here.