On July 27, 2017, 9 a.m., the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) will hold a public-comment session on the Fiscal Year 2018 Intended Use Plan for the Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund Program. The meeting will be at the VDH Office of Drinking Water, 109 Governor Street, 6th Floor, in Richmond. Click this link for more information about the meeting.
The program provides assistance to public water systems for capital improvement projects to help meet public health protection objectives of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act.
According to the VDH’s Web site on the Intended Use Plan for 2017, online at http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/drinking-water/office-of-drinking-water/financial-construction/drinking-water-state-revolving-fund-program/: “Under the Safe Drinking Water Act, Congress authorizes capitalization grants to the states through the Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund Program (DWSRF). As part of the annual DWSRF grant application process Virginia seeks meaningful public involvement through input, review, and comments. The VDH’s Office of Drinking Water (ODW) has prepared a draft Intended Use Plan (IUP) that explains the goals of the program, funding priorities, how VDH intends to use the grant funds, and other important information submitted from the funding requests and set-aside suggestions.”
More information about drinking water funding programs is available online at http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/drinking-water/financial-construction-assistance-programs/.
Virginia Water Radio’s latest episode for the week of March 27, 2017, is “Water from Wells, Springs, and Cisterns Gets a Check-up through the Virginia Household Water Quality Program.” The 4 min./22 sec. episode, available online at http://www.virginiawaterradio.org/2017/03/episode-361-3-27-17-water-from-wells.html, introduces a Virginia Tech and Virginia Cooperative Extension program that provides household well-, spring-, and cistern-testing; interpretation of results; and water-management information for Virginia citizens.
A box of household water-sampling kits awaits pick-up by citizen participants at the March 20, 2017, kickoff for Virginia Household Water Quality’s clinic for the Montgomery County.
Virginia Water Radio’s is a weekly broadcast/podcast produced by the Virginia Water Resources Research Center. The home page is http://www.virginiawaterradio.org. Have a listen or two!
On March 28, 2017, 3 p.m-4 p.m. EDT, the National Rural Water Association will hold a Webinar on the Ground Water Rule. For more information on the Webinar or to register, visit https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1350996706353374977.
The Ground Water Rule was published by the U.S. EPA in November 2006 and took effect in December 2009. The EPA’s Web site on the rule is https://www.epa.gov/dwreginfo/ground-water-rule. According to that site (at “Compliance”), the rule “establishes a risk-based approach to target ground water systems vulnerable to fecal contamination. Ground water systems that are at risk of fecal contamination must take corrective action. Corrective action reduces potential illness from exposure to microbial pathogens. The rule applies to public water systems that use ground water as a source of drinking water.” The EPA’s “Quick Reference Guide” to the rule is available online at https://nepis.epa.gov/Exe/ZyPDF.cgi?Dockey=P100156H.txt.
The Virginia Household Water Quality Program offers drinking-water clinics in which people who rely on private wells, springs, or cisterns can get their water tested inexpensively for key constituents and receive a report interpreting the results. The cost to participate in 2017 is $55. The clinics in 2017, running from March 15 to November 1, will cover over 50 localities. A list of upcoming clinics in 2017 is available at this Web site: http://www.wellwater.bse.vt.edu/events.php.
Meanwhile, as of February 2017, the Virginia Master Well Owner network has over 180 members—volunteers as well as staff from Virginia Cooperative Extension and other state agencies—in several dozen Virginia localities who can assist Virginians with drinking-water well questions and problems.
Both programs are coordinated by the Virginia Tech Department of Biological Systems Engineering. More information is available online at http://www.wellwater.bse.vt.edu, or contact the coordinator of the programs, Erin James Ling, at (540) 231-9058 or email@example.com.
For a news account of the well-testing program, please see Virginia Tech researchers: Flint-like problems also present in Virginia wells, Roanoke Times, 4/10/16.