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A Guide to Home Water Treatment
Michigan State University, Cooperative Extension Service

Many strategies can be used to treat home water quality problems. The best approach depends on what contaminants are present and at what levels, the homeowner's budget, and the willingness to maintain a treatment system. This bulletin helps consumers learn more about home water treatment systems.

DWFSGN44DL/Fact Sheet: 8 pp. (1990)

Price: $0.00
 
Arsenic in Drinking Water
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Bureau of Drinking Water & Groundwater

Arsenic is a natural part of our environment, and everyone is exposed to small amounts. This brochure discusses arsenic in its toxic and nontoxic forms and how it gets into water supplies, its health effects, testing to determine arsenic levels, and water treatment processes for its removal.

DWBRGN58DL/Brochure: 2 pp. (2006)

Price: $0.00


 
Boil Water Notices: Questions and Answers
Minnesota Department of Health, Division of Environmental Health

If fecal coliform or E.Coli bacteria are detected in a water sample, the water supplier will issue a "Boil Order" notice. This fact sheet presents answers to many of the most common questions that residents may have about a Boil Water Notice.

DWFSGN79DL/Fact Sheet: 2 pp. (2008)

Price: $0.00
 
Bottled Water: Questions and Answers
Minnesota Department of Heatlh, Health Risk Assessment Unit and Drinking Water Protection Section

Is bottled water safer than tap water? Where does bottled water come from? Are plastic water bottles safe to reuse? These questions and others are answered in this fact sheet.

DWFSGN80DL/Fact Sheet: 2 pp. (2005)

Price: $0.00


Clean Ground Water: Virginia's Endangered Inheritance
Clean Ground Water: Virginia's Endangered Inheritance
Virginia Department of Health

This video describes the effects septic systems can have on groundwater. It details the importance of groundwater and the construction and operation of septic systems. Alternative septic systems also are presented.

DWDVGN73DL/Video: 0 pp. (0)

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Price: $0.00
 
Community Involvement in Drinking Water Source Assessments
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Water

By working with their state's source water protection program, community groups can help identify potential threats to their drinking water. They can also help local officials develop and implement a plan of action to prevent water quality problems. This fact sheet explains the four steps of source water assessments and how communities can participate in the process. It also describes how communities can use assessment information to protect local water sources.

DWFSGN53DL/Fact Sheet: 5 pp. (2000)

Price: $0.00


 
Community Wellhead Protection Programs
Oklahoma State University, Cooperative Extension Service

The development of wellhead protection programs is a major preventive approach for the protection of community drinking water supplies. This booklet, produced by the Oklahoma State University, is useful for communities in the early stages of their wellhead protection program. Key concepts to consider during this process are explained.

DWFSGN78DL/Fact Sheet: 8 pp. (2004)

Price: $0.00
 
Designing a Water Conservation Program: An Annotated Bibliography of Source Materials
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Water

This list provides a starting point for designing a community water conservation program. Topics include public education programs, reducing water loss in distribution systems, economics of conserving, agricultural water conservation, and water-saving devices. A list of companies that sell water conservation devices is also included.

DWBKGN28DL/Book: 90 pp. (1993)

Price: $0.00


 
Disinfection Byproduct Control in Small Water Systems
Penn State Harrisburg, Small Public Water Systems Technology Assistance Center

Disinfection byproducts are formed when disinfectants used in water treatment plants react with bromide and/or natural organic matter (i.e., decaying vegetation) present in the source water. Different disinfectants produce different types or amounts of disinfection byproducts. This fact sheet reveals the results of a study of the formation and control of disinfection by products in four small water systems.

DWFSGN85DL/Fact Sheet: 2 pp. (2005)

Price: $0.00
 
Disinfection Byproduct Removal Using Point-of-use Carbon Filters
Penn State Harrisburg, Small Public Water Systems Technology Assistance Center

Carbon filters are commonly used to remove contaminants and impurities from drinking water by utilizing activated carbon.This fact sheet investigates the effectiveness of various point-of-use carbon filters.

DWFSGN84/Fact Sheet: 2 pp. (2005)

Price: $0.00


 
Drinking Water Glossary: A Dictionary of Technical and Legal Terms Related to Drinking Water
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Water

This glossary lists hundreds of drinking water and groundwater terms and their definitions.

DWBLGN24DL/Booklet: 35 pp. (1994)

Price: $0.00
 
Drinking Water Security Posters
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Water

This series of four posters can be used to encourage customers to help safeguard their community's drinking water. The illustrated posters include spaces for phone numbers to call in emergencies or for more information.

DWPSGN69DL/Package: 4 pp. (2003)

Price: $0.00


 
Drinking Water Treatment
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Water

Public water systems come in all shapes and sizes, and no two are exactly the same. The types of treatment vary depending on the size of the system, whether they use groundwater or surface water, and the quality of the source water. This illustrated fact sheet explains different types of treatment processes, water quality monitoring, and water distribution.

DWFSGN47DL/Fact Sheet: 3 pp. (1999)

Price: $0.00
 
Drinking Water. Know What's in it For You
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Water suppliers must create consumer confidence reports (CCRs) to let their customers know about the quality of their tap water. This audio CD contains six different 30-second public service announcements, four in English and two in Spanish, local water suppliers can use to inform people about CCRs.

DWCDGN50DL/Audio Files: 0 pp. (1999)

Price: $0.00


 
Environmental Justice Resource Guide: A Handbook for Communities and Decision-Makers
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 9

This guide provides environmental justice resources for community leaders in EPA Region 9 (California, Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii, and U.S. territories). Included in the guide are state-level contacts, tools and resources, and funding sources for communities who have been “disproportionately exposed to environmental harm and risk”.

DWBLGN90DL/Booklet: 20pp. (2009)

Price: $0.00
 
EPA's Role in Water Security Research
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Water, Water Security Division

This booklet provides an overview of the work being done by the U.S. EPA to safeguard drinking water supplies, including research and technical support; vulnerability assessment and emergency response tools; and the Water Information Sharing and Analysis Center (Water ISAC), a comprehensive online resource of security information for water and wastewater utilities.

DWBKGN70DL/Booklet: 11pp. (2004)

Price: $0.00


 
EPA'S Role in Water Security Research: The Water Security Research and Technical Support Action Plan
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development

The U.S. EPA plays a critical role in homeland security. Much of the work over the past several decades in areas of emergency response, risk assessment, hazardous waste cleanup, drinking water and wastewater treatment, and water quality monitoring is being applied to water security. This booklet describes the EPA's work toward making U.S. drinking water supplies safe.

DWBLGN67DL/Booklet: 11 pp. (2004)

Price: $0.00
 
Every Drop Counts
State of Georgia, Office of Environmental Management, Department of Community Affairs

Clean water is a precious resource and growing demand is squeezing our water resources dry. This brochure helps us to pay more attention to how we are using water and how we may be wasting it. 'Watching Water Wasters' lists suggestions like checking for leaking toilets or taking shorter showers or stalling water-efficient appliances. Many water reuse ideas are included. Ideas for taking your water conservation efforts out into the community are described. A handy pocket-sized card listing the most effective water saving tips comes along with this pamphlet.

DWBRGN76DL/Brochure: 2 pp. (N/A)

Price: $0.00


 
Iron in Drinking Water
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Bureau of Drinking Water & Groundwater

Iron is one of the earth's most plentiful resources, making up at least five percent of the earth's crust. Iron is not considered hazardous to health, but may be a secondary or aesthetic contaminant in drinking water. This fact sheet discusses the types of iron that may cause staining and odors and includes a table outlining treatment solutions to help alleviate problems.

DWFSGN46DL/Brochure: 2 pp. (2005)

Price: $0.00
 
Lead in Drinking Water
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Bureau of Drinking Water & Groundwater

Evidence shows that even moderate levels of lead can be harmful to human health and particularly to the health of small children and developing fetuses. This fact sheet discusses lead in the environment and in drinking water. Recommendations are included for correcting lead contamination in water, including private wells.

DWFSGN60DL/Brochure: 2 pp. (2005)

Price: $0.00


 
National Water Program Guidance
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Water

This U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidance document describes how EPA, states, and tribal governments will work together to improve and protect the nation’s major water bodies.

DWBKGN87DL/Book: 132 pp. (2008)

Price: $0.00
 
National Water Program Strategy: Response to Climate Change
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Water

Climate changes in the years ahead will raise challenges for those working in the water industry. This U.S. Environmental Protection Agency report is an initial effort to evaluate and meet water resource needs and safe drinking water goals in the context of global climate change.

DWBKGN88DL/Book: 115 pp. (2008)

Price: $0.00


 
Outreach Resource Guide
National Environmental Services Center

This CD offers a directory of small community drinking water information. Inside this guide you will find descriptions of more than 80 federal agencies and national organizations and programs that concern drinking water issues. Contact information and water-related activities are included for these agencies.

DWCDGN82DL/Book: 58 pp. (2009)

Price: $0.00
 
POU Adsorption Study for Removal of Arsenic
Penn State Harrisburg, Small Public Water Systems Technology Assistance Center

To achieve the maximum contaminant level of 10 micrograms per liter in accordance with the arsenic rule of January 2001, many small water systems may choose point-of-use (POU) devices such as activated alumina, ion exchange, iron-based sorption media, specialty sorption media or reverse osmosis. This fact sheet presents performance results from a case study of a town in Pennsylvania using 9 different POU devices.

DWFSGN81DL/Fact Sheet: 2 pp. (2007)

Price: $0.00


 
Protecting Water Quality from Agricultural Runoff
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Nonpoint Source Control Branch

Did you know that runoff from farms is the leading source of impairments to surveyed rivers and lakes? This fact sheet briefly discusses the impact of agricultural runoff on water resources and outlines methods that farmers and ranchers can use to prevent and control nonpoint source pollution. The fact sheet also lists funding sources and related publications and websites.

DWFSGN74DL/Fact Sheet: 2 pp. (2005)

Price: $0.00
 
Providing Safe Drinking Water in America: 2006 National Public Water Systems Compliance Report
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance

Using information from the Safe Drinking Water Information System (federal version), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency prepares and annual compliance report, detailing the number of public water systems meeting mandated standards. This report details compliance information for calendar year 2006.

DWBKGN86DL/Book: 89 pp. (2009)

Price: $0.00


 
Quality of Water from Public-Supply Wells in the United States, 1993-2007: Overview of Major Findings
U.S. Geological Survey

This report, undertaken as part of the national water-quality assessment program, provides the major findings of water quality taken from public-supply wells in the U.S. between 1993 and 2007.

DWBKGN89DL/Book: 68 pp. (2010)

Price: $0.00
 
Resources for Resilience
Multiple Documents, Multiple Authors

Resilience, simply put, is the ability a community has to respond to any situation that may arise. Because water and wastewater services are essential to all communities, destruction or prolonged disruption of these systems could devastate public health and safety, economic stability, and the operation of critical infrastructure sectors that depend on water. This download contains numerous resources that can help communities to become more resilient.

DWCDGN83DL/Package: 0 pp. (N/A)

Price: $0.00


 
The History of Drinking Water Treatment
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Water

Water treatment originally focused on improving the aesthetic qualities of drinking water. It took thousands of years for people to recognize that their senses of taste and odor were not accurate judges of water quality. This fact sheet gives an overview of drinking water treatment through the centuries up to today's filtration and disinfection technologies.

DWFSGN52DL/Fact Sheet: 4 pp. (2000)

Price: $0.00
 
U.S. EPA Fact Sheets on: POU/POE Units and Home Water Testing
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Groundwater & Drinking Water

This document is a collection of questions and answers about point-of-use units (those that deliver treated water to a drinking water faucet) and about point-of-entry units (those that treat all water entering a home or building). It explains the differences between the two treatment devices, their operation and effectiveness, and regulations.

DWBLGN11DL/Package: 12 pp. (1991)

Price: $0.00


 
Using Water Wisely in the Home
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Water

Water efficiency means using less water to provide the same benefit. This brochure explains the savings in both dollars and conserving water that results from conscientious water use and includes suggestions for saving water around the home.

DWBRGN45DL/Brochure: 2 pp. (2002)

Price: $0.00
 
Volatile Organic Chemicals in Drinking Water
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Bureau of Drinking Water & Groundwater

The term volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) refers to a group of chemicals that are used as solvents in many industrial and household products. This brochure explains how VOCs can contaminate drinking water, how they affect health, and how to remove them from water.

DWBRGN59DL/Brochure: 2 pp. (2000)

Price: $0.00


 
Water Facts
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Water

Did you know that making a new car and its tires takes an average of 39,090 gallons of water? Or that 50-70 percent of household water is used outdoors? This fact sheet provides these and other interesting statistics to help the public appreciate and protect water as a limited resource.

DWFSGN54DL/Fact Sheet: 2 pp. (2004)

Price: $0.00
 
Water Quality Protection: What You Can Do About Nonpoint Source Pollution
University of Rhode Island, Cooperative Extension

Unlike pollution that is discharged from industrial and sewage treatment plants, nonpoint source pollution, or NPS, comes from widespread sources. This fact sheet discusses the effects of NPS, what individuals can do to reduce its occurrence, and provides further sources to learn more.

DWFSGN75DL/Fact Sheet: 4 pp. (2004)

Price: $0.00


 
Water Quality Self-Help Checklist
American Farm Bureau Federation

Designed to help individuals analyze their water supplies, this checklist provides information about potential sources of groundwater pollution, particularly in farming areas.

DWBLGN17DL/Booklet: 16 pp. (1993)

Price: $0.00
 
Water Security and You
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Water

This information sheet describes examples of suspicious activity that local residents can watch for around their drinking water facilities and lists items to report to authorities.

DWFSGN68DL/Fact Sheet: 1 pp. (N/A)

Price: $0.00


 
Water Watchers: Helping to Protect Your Local Water System
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Water

People who are interested in protecting their water resources and community can join with law enforcement, neighborhood watch groups, and water suppliers to help protect critical water sources. This brochure discusses water security problems and challenges and lists suspicious activities that need to be reported.

DWBRGN71DL/Brochure: 2 pp. (2003)

Price: $0.00
 
Wellhead Protection: An ounce of prevention...
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Bureau of Drinking Water and Groundwater

Wellhead protection planning is one way to ensure your community has a long-term source of clean water. This illustrated brochure outlines a four-step wellhead protection strategy and the reasons for taking this preventive action before problems with groundwater may occur.

DWBRGN57DL/Brochure: 2 pp. (1999)

Price: $0.00


   
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