National Drinking Water Clearinghouse
West Virginia University
PO Box 6893
Morgantown, WV

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NDWC Offers Updated Operator Basics CD
Water system personnel can learn about small facility operations by working through a series of challenging, colorful, and fun activities presented in this easy-to-use training program. Up to 13.6 hours of training can be documented by working through all 11 units of the groundwater training series.

The Operator Basics Training Series is produced by the Montana Water Center and is available free of charge from the National Drinking Water Clearinghouse. The project is funded by EPA’s Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water to provide technical assistance to operators of small public drinking water systems. Trainers may order up to 20 CDs at a time for classes/workshops. Call for availability for larger orders.

New features in the 2003 version allow you to:
• run the program from the CD-ROM, install it to your computer, or print a hardcopy version,
• run, download, or print the program from the Montana Water Center’s Web site:,
• resume work where you left off,
• password protect your records,
• print a summary certificate and detailed record of activities/hours completed,
• practice more math problems including metric problems,
• earn continuing education credits in approved states, and
• easily find state-specific resources and regional contact information.

Order the Operator Basics CD by calling the NDWC at (304) 293-4191. and ask for item number DWCDTR18. You can also order via e-mail at ndwc_orders@ Shipping is paid by the NDWC. Visit the Montana Water Center’s Web site at to learn more about the Operator Basics Training Series.

Radionuclides Rule: A Quick Reference Guide: Item #DWFSRG66 June 2001
Radionuclides are a significant health issue in drinking water contamination. Releases from medical facilities and nuclear power plants add to the threat from naturally occurring radionuclides. Water operators can quickly review the requirements for implementing the Radionuclides Rule, which mandates reduction of these chemicals in drinking water, with this fact sheet from the U.S. EPA. Included in the fact sheet are an overview of the rule, a list of the contaminants, critical deadlines and requirements, and monitoring requirements for water systems.

The Class V Rule: A Quick Reference Guide for Regulators: Item # DWFSRG67 January 2000
Class V wells are shallow disposal systems located in every state, especially in unsewered areas where the population is also likely to depend on groundwater as a drinking water source. Revisions to the Class V Rule added new requirements for motor vehicle waste disposal wells and large-capacity cesspools. This fact sheet explains the rule and its revisions and outlines the implementation schedule for states and regions and for owners and operators.

Filter Backwash Recycling Rule: A Quick Reference Guide: Item #DWFSRG68 June 2001
Drinking water plants must periodically clean their filters to remove particles that accumulate. Many systems recycle spent filter backwash water into the treatment plants. This recycling, when performed improperly, may increase the risk of waterborne pathogens entering treated water. This one-page fact sheet from the U.S. EPA outlines the Filter Backwash Recycling Rule (FBRR), its requirements and deadlines, and lists the public health benefits.