New educational materials for drinking water professionals

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April 8, 2009 by The National Environmental Services Center

Morgantown, W.Va. — The National Environmental Services Center (NESC) is pleased to offer these new educational materials, mostly dedicated the wellhead protection. Shipping charges apply to all orders. To place an order, please note the product number then call (800) 624-8301 or (304) 293-4191. Orders also may be faxed to (304) 293-3161 or sent via e-mail to ndwc_orders@mail.nesc.wvu.edu.

Wellhead Protection: New Well Requirements
This fact sheet explains the special requirements municipal water suppliers must address when adding a new well to their system. Produced by the Minnesota Department of Health, this document also describes the area delineation and assessment of preliminary wellhead protection. Product# is DWFSMG122 Cost: $0.15

Protect Your Family: Test Your Well’s Water Quality Today, A Guide to Water Quality Testing for Private Wells in Rhode Island
If you have a private well as a drinking water source, water quality testing is important to you and your family. Some contaminants pose a risk to human health. This pamphlet, produced by the Rhode island Department of Health, describes the recommended tests for the well water. Information about when to test and what the tests tell you is included. Product# is DWBRPE372 Cost: $0.30

Ground Water–“Buried Treasure”
As rain falls to the ground, it moves into the spaces between the soil particles. This is ground water. Used This 4-page fact sheet, produced by the Ground Water Protection Council, explains the basics of ground water use and describes the major threats to ground water quality, The various public agencies that currently oversee ground water protection are listed as well as some practical ways that hoemowneners can join in the efforts. DWFSPE369 Cost: $0.60

Your Household Water Quality: Nitrate in Water
High nitrate levels in your drinking water can cause a condition called methemoglobinemia or blue baby syndrome and impacts not only babies but older people, pregnant women and people who have low stomach acidity. This fact sheet, produced by the University of Georgia, Cooperative Extension Service, gives the homeowners information about what causes nitrate contamination and what they can do if their well tests high in nitrate. Product# is DWFSPE368 Cost: $0.30

Protecting Your Well and Wellhead
Proper protection of your well and wellhead is essential for the health of your family, yourself, and your neighbors. This fact sheet describes the six principles of well head protection developed at the University of Georgia. Using these guide lines will help ensure the safety of your well water. DWFSPE367 Cost: $0.30

Wellhead Protection for Private Domestic Wells
A good supply of fresh water is essential to human existence. It is vital to do everything possible to protect your well and the surrounding area from potential sources of pollution. This article, written by Anthony W. Tyson, Extension Engineer with the University of Georgia, describes the six principles of well head protection: proper well siting, proper well construction, keeping contaminates away, backflow prevention, sealing abandoned wells, and testing well water. Product# is DWFSPE366 Cost: $1.05

Watershed Planning From Start to Finish
This full-color booklet produced by the National Environmental Services Center, presents a four-part series on watershed approaches to water quality problems. Product# is DWBLCS04 Cost $1.50

Ground Water Rule Triggered and Representative Monitoring: A Quick Reference Guide
The purpose of the federal Ground Water Rule(GWR) is to reduce the risk of illness caused by microbial contamination in public ground water systems. The purpose of triggered source water monitoring is to evaluate whether the presence of total coliform in the distribution system is due to fecal contamination in the ground water source. This fact sheet produced by the USEPA provides the regulatory details for a drinking water system, including sampling requirements, exceptions to the requirements and notification requirements in the event that a fecal-positive sample is collected. Product# is DWFSRG118 Cost: Free

Ground Water Rule Sample Collection and Transport: A Quick Reference Guide
The Ground Water Rule requires that systems that do not provide 4-log treatment of viruses for all their ground water sources collect at least one source water sample after detection of total coliform in a routine Total Coliform Rule sample. This fact sheet produced by the USEPA provides authoritative details about the sampling location and the sample collection procedures required in this event. Product# is DWFSRG119 Cost: Free

Wellhead Protection Area Delineation Fact Sheet
The fundamental goal of wellhead protection is to prevent contaminants from entering the water supply. To do this, you must first determine where the water supply is coming from. The process to determine the wellhead protection area is then delineated using size, shape, orientation, and location. This fact sheet from the Minnesota Department of Health breaks down the delineation process into 6 easy-to-follow steps. Product# is DWFSMG124 Cost: $0.30

Evaluating Proposed Stormwater Infiltration Projects in Vulnerable Wellhead Protection Areas
Infiltration practices redirect storm water into the subsurface where it becomes ground water. Ground water often is a source of drinking water, so it is wise to plan storm water infiltration projects carefully, especially in vulnerable wellhead protection areas. This booklet produced by the Minnesota Department of Health describes suggested considerations for evaluating these infiltration projects. Product# is DWBMG123 Cost: $1.65

General Goals and Requirements of Wellhead Protection Q&A
This booklet, produced by the Minnesota Department of Health’s Drinking Water Protection Section, offers answers to some of the most common questions that communities might have about wellhead protection. DWFSOM130 Cost: $0.60

Wellhead Protection Tips for Small Public Water Systems
Small public water systems such as residential subdivisions, apartment buildings, or schools, should take steps to protect their wells from contamination. This environmental fact sheet produced by the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services describe the six steps required to achieve protection. Product# is DWFSOM132 Cost: $0.60

Nitrate Monitoring Requirements: Community and Non-Community Water Systems
This poster, produced by the USEPA, serves as a reference for how small water systems should sample for nitrates. Instructions are included in the event that nitrate is found and violation limits are defined. Product# is DWPSOM131 Cost: $0.00.

Protect Your Family: Test Your Well’s Water Quality Today–A Guide to Water Quality Testing for Private Wells (Massachusetts)
If you have a private well as a drinking water source, water quality testing is important to you and your family. Some contaminants pose a risk to human health. This pamphlet, produced by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, Drinking Water Program, describes the recommended tests for the well water. Information about when to test and what the tests tell you is included. Product# is DWBRPE371 Cost: $0.30

Mapping Your Wellhead Protection Area
If we know what may pollute our water supplies, we can take steps to prevent contamination.This fact sheet, produced by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, is for homeowners interested in protecting their wells from contamination. Product# is DWFSPE370 Cost: $0.30

Source Water Assessment & Protection Workshop Guide (Second Edition)
This workshop is designed to provide community representatives with information about source water assessment and protection. This book describes a seven part workshop and includes lessons plans along with overheads and suggested discussion topics for conducting the workshop. This sizable publication is produced by The Groundwater Foundation. Product# is DWBLPE374 Cost: $17.60.

Based at West Virginia University’s 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 nearly 30 years. To learn more about NESC, call (800) 624-8301 or visit www.nesc.wvu.edu.

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