WVU program offers information to protect small community drinking water

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October 29, 2008 by NRCCE News

Morgantown, W.Va. — The National Environmental Services Center (NESC) at West Virginia University (WVU) is offering a collection of new, free or low-cost products and publications about how small communities can protect their sources of drinking water.

These items are a result of NESC’s ongoing project with the Rural Community Assistance Partnership called SMART About Water which is helping small communities develop source water protection plans. Funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the project focuses on the tie between safe drinking water and properly maintained small wastewater treatment systems, such as septic tanks. Experts have identified malfunctioning wastewater systems as a leading source of contamination for small communities’ sources of drinking water.

The list of new materials is available on NESC’s SMART About Water website, http://www.nesc.wvu.edu/smart/products/index.cfm, under topics such as finance and management, regulations, case studies, and public education. To order any of these products, call (800) 624-8301 or send email to info@mail.nesc.wvu.edu. Request products by the item numbers that appear at the end of each product description. Shipping charges do apply. NESC is a program of the WVU’s NRCCE.