September 27, 2011
The National Environmental Services Center at West Virginia University invites you to take a look at some new information and to take a couple of moments to let them know how you use their tools. Please read below for more information…
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. 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.
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. The two new articles are:
Making Sure It All Adds Up: Financial Accounting for Small Water and Wastewater Systems: Describes the importance of sound financial accounting practices for managing and maintaining water and wastewater systems, and offers 10 recommendations for improving your financial management approach.
Communities, Water Sources and Potential Impacts of Shale Gas Development: Describes the challenges a community may encounter as a result of shale gas development and offers suggestions for protecting your community and water sources from potential negative impacts.
Additional articles and educational products addressing a wide variety of water issues–such as source water protection, capital improvements planning, setting water and sewer rates, pharmaceuticals and personal care products in our waters, impending labor shortages, water and energy, and aging infrastructure–are also available on the website.
Please complete The Water We Drink’s new online survey to let us know how you’re using these materials. Go to: http://www.nesc.wvu.edu/waterwedrink/.
The Water We Drink project strives to raise awareness about crucial water issues and solutions, and invites everyone to use the articles and resources to support or complement state and local efforts. Learn more by going to www.nesc.wvu.edu/waterwedrink/. Contact Sandra Fallon by calling (304) 293-6897, or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.