Water We Drink Website Has New Articles

The Water We Drink: Small Community Outreach Campaign, which offers information about maintaining safe, sustainable, and secure water supplies in small and rural communities, has added two new articles to its website – Planning Ahead Improves Water and Wastewater Service and Roadmap to the Future:  Capital Improvements Planning for Small Water Systems.

The website, located at www.nesc.wvu.edu/waterwedrink, is a joint effort by the Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) and the National Environmental Services Center (NESC), located at West Virginia University, and is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

These new articles complement earlier work on topics such as source water protection, setting water and sewer rates, pharmaceuticals and personal care products in our waters, impending labor shortages, water and energy, and aging infrastructure.  The articles are written especially for those who oversee local water and wastewater services, and may be downloaded at no charge and used for educational purposes, such as reprinting in newsletters and magazines, training sessions, and websites.  Two additional articles will be posted later this summer addressing financial accounting for small water systems and protecting drinking water sources from the impacts of natural gas hydraulic fracturing and other potentially detrimental activities.

According to RCAP’s Director of Training and Technical Services Joy Barrett, Ph.D., the unifying message in each of the articles is that local leadership is essential in protecting water resources and maintaining water and wastewater services, and that there are practical options for ensuring a system’s short- and long-term viability.  The two planning articles just posted discuss strategies for developing long-term and capital improvement plans that can help a system improve its financial condition, operations, and sustainability.

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