Ground Water Protection

Montanans rely heavily on ground water as the primary source of drinking water for many rural domestic water supplies as well as public water systems. Ground water is also important for irrigation, livestock, and indirectly for thermoelectric power. Montana’s programs for the protection and remediation of ground water are driven by the need to keep ground water safe from contamination and to protect and support the current and future uses of ground water

Although DEQ has primary responsibility for ground water protection, a number of programs across the state aid in the protection of ground water. Several agencies, the Department of Environmental Quality, Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, and the Department of Agriculture implement the majority of federal and state programs relating to ground water.

How DEQ Protects Ground Water