Thanks to a one million dollar grant provided by the U.S. Department of Agricultures Rural Development Utilities Service, West Virginia Universitys National Drinking Water Clearinghouse (NDWC) will continue to offer free and low-cost information and assistance to small towns and rural areas.

We are pleased that Rural Development has again provided funding for our work,says Clement Solomon, NDWC program director.As the NDWC begins its 16th year, the country is facing key challenges with respect to water resources. With drought conditions persisting in many parts of the country and with increased regulations to address, Americas rural areas often find it hard to keep up. Thats where our services are so useful.

To help small communities address their drinking water needs, the NDWC offers a free technical assistance hotline, the quarterly magazine On Tap, a comprehensive Web site,, and more than 300 free and low-cost educational products.

NDWC s staff of engineers, water system operators and information specialists provide information about subjects such as household wells, source water conservation issues, water treatment technologies, treatment plant operation and management, updates about regulations, and funding sources for community water infrastructure.

Over the years, weve expanded our services greatly,Solomon says.However, our commitment to help has remained unchanged. If you have a drinking water question or problem, we encourage you to contact us first.

The NDWC is part of the National Environmental Services Center (NESC) at WVU whose mission is to help small and rural communities with their water, wastewater, management, infrastructure security and solid waste challenges. To learn more about NESC , call (800) 624-8301 or