National Drinking Water Clearinghouse
West Virginia University
PO Box 6893
On the Web - Web Resources
Want to learn more about drinking water? - www.nesc.wvu.edu/drinkingwater.cfm
Most people rely on community water systems without giving them a thought. They turn on the taps, get the water they need, and go on with their lives. But those who provide that clean, safe water know there’s a whole lot more to the picture.
You can learn more about your water and everything that goes into providing it by visiting the National Drinking Water Clearinghouse (NDWC) Web site. We offer plenty of information and links that help explain the drinking water story.
Treatment technologies, management and financial strategies for operations, current and changing environmental regulations, conservation, and health topics are presented in simple, down-to-earth language. The NDWC Web site offers online services, such as access to On Tap magazine, hundreds of free and low-cost products, database searches, and technical assistance. We also provide an online discussion group for interactive conversations about small community drinking water issues.
All of our popular four-page Tech Brief fact sheets were recently added to the site and are available for download. These fact sheets provide concise, technical information about drinking water issues and treatment technologies relevant to small systems. Topics include:
• Corrosion Control
• Diatomaceous Earth Filtration for Drinking Water
• Ion Exchange and Dimineralization
• Iron and Manganese Removal
• Leak Detection and Water Loss Control
• Lime Softening
• Membrane Filtration
• Organic Removal
• Package Plants
• Poster: Treatment Technologies for Small Drinking Water Systems
• Reservoirs, Towers, and Tanks
• Slow Sand Filtration
• System Control and Data Acquisition
• Ultraviolet Disinfection
• Water Hammer
• Water Quality in Distribution Systems
• Water Treatment Plant Residuals Management
Whether you’re an operator, engineer, homeowner, or student, www.nesc.wvu.edu/drinkingwater.cfm can help you find answers to your drinking water questions.
International City/County Management Association - www.icma.org
Running a water system (or a small town) can be complicated work. The International City/County Management Association (ICMA), an organization that promotes excellence in local government through professional management, has an extensive Web site to help city and county administrators.
On the site you’ll find information about water resources management, water quality, drinking water, public works, smart growth, and the environment. ICMA’s publications the Municipal Year Book, Public Management magazine, and a quarterly newsletter titled Environmental Scan are available on the site, as are numerous books, reports, and other publications.
National Watershed Coalition - www.watershedcoalition.org
The National Watershed Coalition (NWC) has launched a new Web site. The NWC is made up of national, regional, state, and local organizations, associations, and individuals, that advocate dealing with natural resource problems and issues using watersheds as the planning and implementation unit.
The site contains information about upcoming events, legislative alerts, watershed budget and program information, frequently asked questions, and the quarterly Watershed News newsletter.
Teaching Kids About Water - www.projectwet.org
Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) is an international, interdisciplinary, water education program for educators of students age five to 18. Founded in 1984 as a pilot program to encourage water stewardship in North Dakota, the program has expanded to 48 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and several other countries.
According to the Project WET Web site, the centerpiece of the program is the Curriculum and Activity Guide. “This collection of over 90, broad-based water resource activities was developed, field-tested, and reviewed by over 600 educators and resource managers working with 34,000 students nationwide,” says the site.
“Project WET activities are designed to satisfy the goals of educational programs by complementing existing curricula rather than displacing or adding more concepts,” the site says. “Project WET activities provide many opportunities to address curriculum objectives and educational standards. These interdisciplinary activities designed for students in grades K-12 are perfect for use in formal and non-formal education settings.” However, educators interested in using the curriculum must first attend a training session conducted by one of 2,500 facilitators.
For more information about Project WET, write to 201 Culbertson Hall, Montana State University, P.O. Box 170575, Bozeman, MT 59717-0575 or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
Environmental Health of Older Americans - www.epa.gov/aging
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has a new Web site devoted to the environmental health of older Americans.“Due to the normal aging process, even older Americans in good health may have increased health risks from exposures to environmental pollutants,” the site says. “As we age, our bodies are more
susceptible to hazards from the environment, which may cause or worsen chronic or life-threatening conditions. In addition, older persons have accumulated a lifetime of environmental and occupational contaminants which are capable of remaining in the body—such as lead, mercury, and PCBs.”
The site has a section about water, including information about pesticides, contaminants, and microorganisms in drinking water and how they impact public health.
The Web site is part of an EPA initiative known as the National Agenda for the Environment and the Aging. According to EPA, this agenda will “help identify research gaps and develop strategies that will help us better understand the environmental hazards affecting the health of older Americans.”
EPA Offers Security Flyers - www.epa.gov
Recognizing that water security is a shared responsibility between water
systems, government, law enforcement, and citizens, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has developed flyers to educate and alert communities.
The flyers are available on EPA’s Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water Web site. “Public utilities are often located in isolated areas,” the site notes. “Drinking water sources and wastewater collection systems may cover large regions. Involved citizens increase the eyes and ears of any community.”
The flyers are designed to be posted in public areas and to encourage citizens to be on the lookout for suspicious activities. They are available in different formats, depending on the format needed. Space is provided for the community to provide contact information.
For more information or to download the flyers, go to