Hawaii Water Plan: Water Quality Plan
The Department of Health (DOH) is responsible for the preparation of the Water Quality Plan (WQP). The WQP outlines the regulations, standards, and resource management policies that define the quality to be maintained in ground- and surface-water resources, such as:
- Federal/state/county goals, objectives, and policies related to water quality.
- Water quality criteria for designation of water management areas.
- Water quality standards, monitoring requirements and enforcement provisions.
- The identification of any substances which DOH reasonably believes may present a danger to the water quality of the state.
The DOH is currently undertaking numerous program efforts that will contribute to the update of the WQP. Such programs include the Source Water Assessment Program (SWAP), and various other water quality efforts, including the surface water studies regarding total maximum daily loads and identification of impaired water bodies. Results of these ongoing program efforts, such as SWAP, will be outlined in an updated WQP. The WQP, together with the Water Resource Protection Plan, establish the overall protection framework for our State's water resources.