This glossary will assist readers with the various acronyms used in documents related to the Mountain Water System Project.

American Recovery & Reinvestment Act- an economic stimulus package enacted by the 111th United States Congress in February 2009 by President Barak Obama.


West Virginia State Bureau for Public Health – This agency’s focus is to assure public health concerns related to design and operation of the water system. They are one of many agencies who must approve the project.


Certified Public Accountant


Clean Water State Revolving Fund- created in 1987 under the Clean Water Act which provides funding for water quality protection projects for wastewater treatment, nonpoint source pollution control, and watershed and estuary management.


West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection - They are a State agency tasked with enforcing the US EPA mandates, and are one of many agencies who must approve project.


West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources – This agency is under the West Virginia BPH and also must approve the project.


Drinking Water State Revolving Fund- created in 1997 under The Safe Drinking Water Act, to make funds available to drinking water systems to finance infrastructure improvements. The program also emphasizes the provision of funds to small and disadvantaged communities and to programs that encourage pollution prevention as a tool for ensuring safe drinking water.


Environmental Protection Fund


Golder Study
A hydrogeologic study being done by Golder Associates, Inc. for the Jefferson County PSD & Jefferson Utilities to evaluate the groundwater capacity of the Valley Water System for which the Mountain Water Project has designated as the proposed source water for the project.


Gallons Per Day


Infrastructure and Jobs Development Council - a 13 member council created by the West Virginia Legislature in 1994 to be West Virginia’s funding clearinghouse for water and wastewater projects. Any utility wishing to obtain funds from any state agency must first submit a preliminary application for review by the IJDC.


Jefferson County Public Service District – Created by the Jefferson County Commission in 1983 to provide wastewater service throughout the unincorporated areas of the County. In 1988 The County Commission extended the jurisdiction of the Public Service District to also include the provision of water service in unincorporated areas of the County.


Jefferson Utilities Inc. - A private utility in Jefferson County providing water to about 2200 Customers. Also under the regulatory control of the WV PSC.


Keyes Ferry Acres – A residential development started in the 1960s by Howard Speaks to provide summer vacation homes.


Linear Foot


Maximum Contaminant Level – the maximum amount of a particular contaminant allowed in potable water, established by BPH and USEPA for which water systems must strive to meet.


Median Household Income – average income for homes in a particular area.


Memorandum of Understanding – An agreement between 2 or more parties indicating intent.


National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System- established by the Federal Water Pollution Control Act Amendments of 1972 to control water pollution by regulating point sources that discharge pollutants into waters of the United States.


Operation and Maintenance


West Virginia Office of Environmental Health Services; under BPH


Preliminary Engineering Report – A short initial engineering document giving an overview of a project.


Public Service Commission- established in 1913 by an act of the State Legislature to supervise and regulate the rates, services, operations and most other activities of all public utilities and many common and contract motor carriers passengers and property within West Virginia.


Public Service District- created by a County Commission for the construction or acquisition by purchase or otherwise and the maintenance, operation, improvement and extension of, properties supplying water, sewerage or stormwater services or gas distribution services or all of these within such territory, will be conducive to the preservation of the public health, comfort and convenience of such area. Even though PSDs are created by County Commissions, they are utilities, not County agencies, and are therefore under the regulatory control of the WV PSC.


State Revolving Fund- a fund administered by a U.S. state for the purpose of providing low-interest loans for investments in water and sanitation infrastructure as well as for the implementation of nonpoint source pollution control and estuary protection projects.


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