MORGANTOWN , W.Va. �€For 30 years, the National Environmental Services Center at West Virginia University has been reaching out to small, rural communities and assisting them with their water, wastewater, management and infrastructure resilience challenges.
The NESC provides toll-free technical assistance from a staff of certified operators,engineers, and scientists, publications about drinking water and wastewater treatment, a comprehensive Web site with online discussion groups, demonstration projects of the latest onsite sewage technology at work, training sessions and more.
WVU professors Willem Van Eck and Raul Zaltzman established the National Small Flows Clearinghouse to assist small wastewater systems in 1979. Since then, NESC has grown to become a national expert on drinking water and wastewater systems, environmental training, infrastructure resilience and small-utility management.
We are proud to celebrate our 30th birthday. At the same time, though, we are mindful that much work remains to be done in Americas small and rural communities,said NESC Executive Director Gerald Iwan.Helping these communities is what founded this organization and what continues to drive it today.
To achieve its goals, NESC works with other national organizations such as the Source Water Collaborative, the Association of State Drinking Water Administrators, the American Water Works Association, and the Partners for Decentralized Wastewater Management. NESC is also the founder of the State Onsite Regulators Alliance, a group dedicated to advancing onsite, decentralized wastewater treatment as a viable water infrastructure option.
In 2008, the organization joined with the Rural Community Assistance Partnership to launch an innovative source water protection project calledSMART About Waterand began a collaborative project with the West Virginia Bureau of Public Health to provide training to the states small drinking water systems. NESC s funding comes primarily from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Agricultures Rural Development Utilities Service.
An article about NESC s 30-year history appears in the organizations flagship publication On Tap, a magazine covering drinking water issues, and Small Flows, a magazine devoted to wastewater topics. The article is also available on NESC s Web site at www.nesc.wvu.edu .
To learn more about the National Environmental Services Center at WVU , call (800) 624-8301 or visit www.nesc.wvu.edu .