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Water and wastewater workshop for small systems planned for Aug. 11 in Flatwoods

To help small communities manage their water utilities, West Virginia University is offering a free workshop entitled, “ Sustainable Management of Rural and Small Water and Wastewater Systems.” 

The workshop will be held Friday, August 11, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Days Inn & Suites Conference Center in Flatwoods. 

The workshop is targeted to professionals involved in the operation or management of water or sewage systems that serve populations of less than 4,000.  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.

    Attendees exchange ideas at a previous workshop on issues including operational optimization and resiliency, infrastructure stability, economic development, and customer satisfaction.

Attendees exchange ideas at a previous workshop on issues including operational optimization and resiliency, infrastructure stability, economic development, and customer satisfaction.


The workshop provides 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 operations.  

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

Instructors from WVU and UK 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.   The workshop provides substantial time for attendees from different systems to work together and exchange ideas.

Six hours of CEUs have been approved for both drinking water and wastewater operators in West Virginia and will be provided upon request.  Previous workshops have been held at Twin Falls State Park, W.Va. and Carter Caves State Park, Ky. this year.

To register online, go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sustainable-management-of-rural-and-small-systems-workshop-tickets-35411370362. Lunch provided free of charge. For questions, call NESC at 800-624-8301.

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