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December 01, 2008

Moore County officials focus on water re-use techniques

Dr. Mike Hoover, left, professor of Soil Science and Extension soils specialist at NC State University, describes hands-on technology demonstrations and educational displays at the training site. (Photo by Rebecca Kirtland)

Moore County community leaders visited NC State University’s Lake Wheeler Road Field Training Facility in Raleigh in October to learn about the importance of water-use and re-use technologies in community resource development.

Moore County Cooperative Extension Center personnel helped design the Moore County Leaders Decentralized Water and Wastewater Planning Forum at which U.S. and Canadian industry leaders shared their technologies and experiences.

Also speaking at the J. Edward Booth Field Learning Laboratory, NC State researchers and extension specialists from the College’s Soil Science and Biological and Agricultural Engineering departments covered these wastewater-related topics: centralized management of decentralized water-use technologies, including water re-use; preliminary soil and site assessments for on-site wastewater systems in developments, groundwater planning, water re-use standards and challenges of water reuse in affordable housing.

“The forum provided a direct and immediate linkage and transfer of research-based wastewater treatment technology trends from NC State University researchers to local county decision-makers,” said Dr. Mike Hoover, professor and North Carolina Cooperative Extension on-site waste disposal specialist in the Soil Science Department in NC State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

“Our community leaders must make important water and wastewater infrastructure decisions that will affect the future of our county and these leaders valued coming to NC State to not only receive research-based information, but also to have a one-on-one exchange with researchers and industry experts in this field,” said Craven Hudson, Moore County Cooperative Extension director.

The Moore County group included two county commissioners, the county manager, the planning director and planning board members, public works director, county engineer, environmental health staff and a Sustainable Sandhills Association leader.

After the leaders viewed on-site wastewater technologies and discussed wastewater re-use techniques at Lake Wheeler Labs, they toured water re-use developments in Chatham County, including a stop at “The Preserve” development, where they saw a community-scale water re-use system in action.

The Booth Field Learning Laboratory is a hub for hands-on field training and demonstrations focusing on environmental uses of land conducted throughout the Lake Wheeler Road Field Laboratory.

Related industries financially sponsored the forum through donations to the North Carolina Agricultural Foundation donation.
-A. Latham

Posted by Art at December 1, 2008 02:02 PM