May 13, 2011
Tech Briefs are four-page fact sheets included in the On Tap magazine produced by the National Environmental Services Center (NESC) at West Virginia University. Each fact sheet provides concise, technical information about a drinking water treatment technology or issue relevant to small systems. Tech Briefs are written for drinking water professionals, particularly small system operators. Tables and descriptive illustrations are provided, as well as sources for more information.
The latest Tech Brief deals with the issue of water efficiency and conservation. It begins with the premise that, “Because water is inexpensive, citizens and utilities have little incentive to reduce water use or loss. Raising water rates may overcome this hurdle, but that often comes with its own set of issues. Fortunately, there are other ways to conserve water.”
To learn which “other ways” are available and helpful for small systems, go to the NESC website at www.nesc.wvu.edu/techbrief.cfm and click on the Tech Brief icon on the right side of the page.