Help in Preparing Emergency Response Plans Available for Small Public Water Systems, Illinois State Water Survey

Press Release

For Immediate Release December 12, 2002
Help in Preparing Emergency Response Plans Available for Small Public Water Systems
Kent Smothers - (217) 333-9321, Fax: (217) 244-3074,
Eva Kingston - (217) 244-7270, Fax: (217) 333-6540,

“We are pleased to announce the release of an updated version of a tool that guides operators or administrators of small water systems through preparation of an emergency response plan to both natural and human-made disasters,” says Kent Smothers, Director of the Midwest Technology Assistance Center (MTAC) for Small Public Water Systems ( MTAC is located on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus at the Illinois State Water Survey, a division of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

The Public Water System Emergency Planning for Small Water Utilities CD-ROM and workbook were prepared by the MTAC in cooperation with the Illinois Section of the American Water Works Association (ISAWWA),

An interactive version is available on the MTAC and ISAWWA ( Web sites. Limited free copies of the CD-ROM also are available to small utilities from the ISAWWA.

The MTAC cooperates closely with other regional technology assistance centers established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), and with other partner agencies and organizations to ensure efficient response to the highest priority needs of small public water systems and Indian Tribal systems in the Midwest.

“Additionally, funding from the USEPA is making it possible for MTAC to award four $50,000 grants for research related to optimization of water treatment to meet drinking water standards and source water protection of small water systems. A panel of experts in Illinois and nationwide reviewed all proposals, and winners were selected based on those reviews,” says Smothers.

Research being funded includes: Development of Low-Cost Treatment Options for Arsenic Removal in Water TreatmentFacilities (Gary Peyton and Thomas Holm, Illinois State Water Survey), Development of Sulfur-Limestone Autotrophic Denitrification Processes for Treatment of Nitrate-Contaminated Groundwater in Small Communities (Tian Zhang, University of Nebraska), Effects of Different Modes of Coagulation as Pretreatment to Membrane Filtration for Drinking Water Production in Small Systems (Isabel Escobar, University of Toledo), and Interactive Guides to Creating Source Water Protection Plans for Region V Public Water Systems (Kevin Kundert, Montana State University).

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