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News Release: March 24, 2017

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Twin Falls State Park, 304-294-4000, twinfallssp@wv.gov

Register for Rural Water and Small Wastewater Systems Workshop at Twin Falls Resort State Park March 31, 2017

MULLENS, W.Va. – Owners of small water and wastewater utility systems can learn easy ways to assess their systems’ strengths and weaknesses during a free, full-day workshop March 31 at Twin Falls Resort State Park. The results of those assessments can then be used to develop management plans for improved operations.

West Virginia University’s National Environmental Services Center is presenting the workshop, titled Sustainable Management of Rural and Small Water and Wastewater Systems, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

People 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.

“Clean water and treated sewage are vital to public health. The WVU team includes experts on every facet of the best management practices for well-run water districts,” said instructor Lauri Andress, WVU assistant professor in the Department of Health Policy, Management, and Leadership in the School of Public Health.

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

Funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, this program is a partnership of WVU’s National Environmental Services Center and the University of Kentucky’s Water Resources Research Institute. A similar workshop will be offered later in Kentucky.

The workshop is free to attend, but advance registration is necessary. To register, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/sustainable-management-of-rural-and-small-systems-workshop-tickets-31543138376#tickets. An operator certificate for 6.0 Continuing Education Hours will be given upon request.

For additional information, email event coordinators Jeanne Allen at jdallen@mail.wvu.edu  or Craig Mains at cmains@mail.wvu.eud or call 800-624-8301, ext. 0.

Twin Falls Resort State Park is located near Saulsville in Wyoming County, between Mullens and Pineville. The state park features conference space, a full service restaurant, a 47-room lodge, vacation cabins, 18-hole golf and a 50-site campground. Hiking and mountain biking are popular outdoor activities at this year-round destination. State parks are excellent sites for meeting and conferences, with ample parking and on-site services such as meals and accommodations for attendee consideration. More information is available at www.twinfallsresort.com or by calling 304-294-4000.