Seven new products now available from NSFC

Seven new products are now available from the National Small Flows Clearinghouse.

Nov 19th, 2003

MORGANTOWN, WV, Nov. 19, 2003 -- Seven new products are now available from the National Small Flows Clearinghouse.

"Septic Systems 1-2-3," (Item #WWVTPE78), is a 12-minute video that is a good tool for educating homeowners and others who need to understand the basic components, purpose, function, and maintenance of the conventional septic system. In simple and easy-to-understand language, several wastewater professionals, including a plumber, a pumper, an excavator, and an inspector, explain what a septic system is, what its components are, and what it does.

Special emphasis is placed on owner responsibility and the regular maintenance of the septic system to prevent problems and protect the homeowner's investment as well as the environment and the public health. Tips are offered on what goes into the system with other do's and don'ts. This video will be useful to the local officials, general public, public health officials, and contractors/developers.

This video is free. Shipping charges do apply.

"Guiding Principles for Constructed Treatment Wetlands: Providing for Water Quality and Wildlife Habitat," (Item # WWBLMG23), is a user guide that promotes the development of environmentally beneficial constructed wetlands for wastewater treatment system by providing information on the legal, policy, and technical issues associated with these systems.

It serves as a guide for those developing and managing constructed treatment wetlands. The guide provides information about the principles for planning, siting, design, construction, operation, maintenance, and monitoring of municipal wastewater treatment constructed weltands. Information on current EPA policies, permits, regulations, and resources is also included.

The user guide also includes commonly asked questions with answers, and the appendices offer definitions, references, and other helpful information. This guide should be of interest to wastewater professionals who work with municipalities and are considering constructed wetlands for wastewater treatment. It will also be useful for engineers, researchers, state regulatory agencies, local officials, planners, managers, state officials, public health officials, operators, and contractors/developers.

This guide is free. Shipping charges do apply.

"Understanding Your Household Septic System," (Item # WWFSPE79), is one in a series from the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension concerning domestic wastewater treatment, provides information, which helps the owners to understand how to take care of the system to maximize its ability to treat the household wastewater.

The fact sheet gives details about how the system works, what a soil absorption system is, how it treats wastewater, and ways to manage the system. There is also an illustration of a conventional septic system with a drainfield. This information could be used as part of a homeowner education package by public health or local officials and the general public

This fact sheet is free. Shipping charges do apply.

"Inspecting Your Household Septic System," (Item # WWFSPE80), is one in a series of fact sheets from the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, which emphasizes the need for the proper inspection and maintenance of an onsite septic system. It describes the importance of maintaining the system and explains the steps included in a thorough system inspection.

Space and instructions for the system are also included to help the owner sketch the location of the system including the house, septic tank, soil treatment, and well. This information can be used as part of a system owner education program across the country and is useful to the local officials, public health officials and the general public.

This fact sheet is free. Shipping charges do apply.

"Managing Your Household Septic System," (Item #WWFSPE77), is one in a series of fact sheets available from the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension. It gives the owner an overview of management procedures to safeguard the system, including controlling the volume of wastewater sent to the tank, controlling the quality of the wastewater, maintaining the septic tank, and maintaining the drainfield.

This information should be useful to the homeowner, local officials, and public health officials and could easily be used as part of an educational program for system owners.

This fact sheet is free. Shipping charges do apply.

"Maintaining Your Septic System," (Item #WWFSPE81) This brief fact sheet, one in a series from the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, gives the owner an overview of maintenance procedures to safeguard the system. Tank maintenance, measuring sludge and scum accumulation, septic tank additives, and other additions to the tank are discussed. Procedures for measuring the accumulation of sludge and scum layers in a septic tank are illustrated, and a frequency table notes the estimated number of people in the household.

This information should be useful to the homeowner, and could easily be used as part of an educational program for system owners.

This fact sheet is free. Shipping charges do apply.

"Future Investment in Drinking Water and wastewater Infrastructure," (Item #FMBKFN40) According to experts from the EPA and various nonfederal groups, the nation's drinking water and wastewater systems face increasing challenges over the next several decades in maintaining and replacing their pipes, treatment plants, and other infrastructure.

But there is neither a consensus on the size and timing of future investment costs, nor an agreement on the impact of those costs on households and other water ratepayers. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has analyzed those issues, and this study provides:

-background information on the nation's water systems,

- CBO's estimates of future costs for water infrastructure under two scenarios (a low-cost case and a high-cost case), and

- broad policy options for the federal government.

Keeping in mind the CBO's mandate to provide objective and impartial analysis, this report makes no recommendations.

Three chapters in this study discuss drinking water and wastewater infrastructure, estimates of future investment costs and their implications, and options for federal policy. The appendices include information about the assumptions the CBO used in low-cost and high-cost cases and major sources of efficiency savings.

Figures and summary tables throughout the report illustrate statistical analyses. The report could be useful to researchers, state regulatory agencies, planners, public health officials, finance officers, wastewater professionals, and local and state officials, whose work involves financing of community water and wastewater infrastructure.

The cost of this report is $15.00. Shipping charges do apply.

To learn more about these products, visit our New Products Page on the NSFC Web Site www.nesc.wvu.edu/nsfc/nsfc_new_products.htm

To place your order, call (800) 624-8301 or (304) 293-4191. Orders also may be faxed to (304) 293-3161 or sent via e-mail nsfc_orders@mail.nesc.wvu.edu

Located at West Virginia University, the NSFC is a nonprofit organization funded by the U.S. EPA to provide free and low-cost information about small community wastewater treatment. For more information, call the NSFC at (800) 624-8301 and request a free information packet or visit NSFC's Web site at www.nsfc.wvu.edu


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