NESC Develops Free PSAs to Aid Community Water Protection

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February 20, 2009 by NRCC News

Morgantown, W.Va. — The National Environmental Services Center (NESC) at WVU announces the availability of three video public service announcements (PSAs) about the importance of septic system maintenance to the homeowner, the environment and water quality. Funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the PSAs reflect NESC’s ongoing commitment to effective wastewater treatment and source water protection.

PSA stillframePresented in a humorous light, each brief video drives home the message that homeowners can for safeguard our drinking water through proper septic tank operation and maintenance.

“As many as one-fourth of all new houses in the U.S. have septic or other onsite systems to treat their wastewater,” says Gerald Iwan, Ph.D., NESC’s executive director. “Therefore, proper maintenance of these systems to prevent costly failures makes particular economic sense today, as well as being an important component to protecting source water quality and the public health. Because we live in a visual age and many, many people get information from television and the Web, it just makes sense to help spread the message through these brief PSAs.”

NESC encourages communities to freely use these brief PSAs as part of a public awareness campaign to protect source water.

View and download at the PSAs:

Based at the West Virginia University NRCCE, NESC is a national leader in the areas of drinking water, wastewater, environmental training, solid waste, infrastructure resilience, and utility management in small and rural communities. NESC’s engineers and technical experts have been at the forefront of septic system technologies for 30 years. To learn more about NESC, call (800) 624-8301 or visit