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UK and WVU offer free workshop to small water and sewage utilities in Appalachia

Lexington, Ky. -- To help small communities manage their water utilities, the University of Kentucky and West Virginia University are offering a free, full day workshop entitled, “Sustainable Management of Rural and Small Water and Wastewater Systems.” 

The workshop will be held Friday, June 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Carter Caves State Resort Park, Ky.  It will be led by Lindell Ormsbee, director of the Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute.

Attendees at a previous workshop work diligently on issues such as operational optimization and resiliency, infrastructure stability, community sustainability and economic development, financial viability, employee and leadership development, and customer satisfaction.

Attendees at a previous workshop work diligently on issues such as operational optimization and resiliency, infrastructure stability, community sustainability and economic development, financial viability, employee and leadership development, and customer satisfaction.

Funded by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, this program is a partnership between the University of Kentucky’s Water Resources Research Institute and WVU's National Environmental Services Center.  

The workshop is targeted to participants who are involved in the operation or management of water or sewage systems that serve 4,000 or fewer customers. Small water and wastewater system managers, operators and their board members are invited to attend along with local decision makers such as mayors and county commissioners.

The workshop gives small utilities a simple way to assess their systems’ strengths and weaknesses. The assessment will then be used to develop an easy-to-follow management plan for improving their operations.  

“This will be an excellent opportunity for small water and wastewater utilities to receive free assistance from the UK-KWRRI and the WVU-NESC and to develop relationships with additional agencies and organizations that provide support to Kentucky utilities,” said Ormsbee.

The instructors will focus on 10 key management areas such as operational optimization and resiliency, infrastructure stability, product quality, water resource adequacy, financial viability, stakeholder understanding and support.

Six hours of CEUs have been approved for both drinking water and wastewater operators in Kentucky and will be given upon request.

A successful workshop was held in West Virginia in March, with another scheduled for August. 

To register online, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sustainable-management-of-rural-and-small-systems-workshop-tickets-34246511237?aff=es2

Limited travel expenses are available to qualified individuals on a first come, first served basis. For questions, call NESC at 800-624-8301.

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CONTACT:  Jeanne Allen, NESC
304.293.6564; jdallen@mail.wvu.edu
or
Craig Mains, NESC
304.293.6592; cmains@mail.wvu.edu

Located at WVU, the National Environmental Services Center (NESC) helps small and rural communities with their water, wastewater, utility management, and infrastructure resilience issues. To learn more about NESC, call (800) 624-8301 or visit www.nesc.wvu.edu.