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Wastewater Program

Canaan Valley Institute is committed to providing high quality wastewater treatment at affordable costs to small, rural, often low income communities. The answer for many rural communities lies in managed decentralized systems. That is, treatment systems that are small and dispersed to serve local needs without relying on expensive sewers to collect sewage, and managed by professionals to make them valid public utilities. These systems can provide an economically viable, environmentally sound alternative to municipal sewer systems and treatment plants.

Our staff has considerable experience in the development of regional comprehensive wastewater plans typically focusing on four components: community engagement; assessment; identifying options; and assisting and coordinating design and implementation. This process has proven successful our work with communities.

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CVI staff work with community members to develop and implement solutions to
community wastewater issues.

filling the tanks 





CVI assisted with the planning,
coordination, and installation of this
alternative wastewater treatment system.


CVI Wastewater Services

  • Facilitate community and inter-agency meetings
  • Assist local, county, and/or watershed level efforts with an assessment of current treatment conditions
  • Identify treatment alternatives including traditional and alternative technologies
  • Develop projects that are relevant to and reflect local priorities
  • Assist small communities with system design, permitting, and installation oversight
  • Provide targeted education programs to homeowners, local decision makers, and management entities
  • Utilize geographic information systems (GIS) technology to gather, analyze, and report data
  • Develop funding strategies, incorporating non-traditional sources of funds and services

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CVI applies GIS technologies to assist in the decision-making process. This map identifies the densities of untreated wastewater to assist in the prioritization process for the county-wide comprehensive wastewater plan.

For more information about Canaan Valley Institute's
Wastewater Program call 1-800-922-3601.

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494 RiverStone Road • Davis, WV 26260 • Phone: (304) 259.4739 or (800) 922.3601 • Fax: (304) 259.4759
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