Drinking Water Clearinghouse
West Virginia University
PO Box 6893
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.
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 EPAs 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 Centers
Web site: water.montana.edu/training/gwb,
resume work where you left off,
password protect your records,
print a summary certificate and detailed record of activities/hours
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@
mail.nesc.wvu.edu. Shipping is paid by the NDWC. Visit the Montana
Water Centers Web site at water.montana.edu/training
to learn more about the Operator Basics Training Series.
Rule: A Quick Reference Guide: Item #DWFSRG66 June
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.
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.
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.