AWOP Planning Meeting Update – March 2010

One of the key components of the area-wide optimization program (AWOP) is the routine planning meetings held between participating state program personnel, EPA, ASDWA, and the contractor, Process Applications, Inc.  These meetings are part of the strategic implementation process used to sustain the AWOP partnerships and activities (e.g., the network).  The meetings accomplish multiple objectives including:  sharing ideas, agreeing on direction and priorities, providing multi-state support and encouragement to improve program performance, sharing techni­cal and management information and approaches and overall sustaining the AWOP human infrastructure.   The AWOP planning and training activities conducted since the last issue of AWOP News in December 2009 are summarized below.

Region 3 Planning Meeting – Culpeper, Virginia – March 30 – 31, 2010

The Region 3 AWOP planning group consisting of participants from Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, ASDWA, EPA Region 3, EPA TSC, EPA DWPD and Process Applications, Inc. met in Culpeper, Virginia in March 2010.  A presentation was provided on site selection and start-up considerations for a DBP PBT and discussions were held on the potential models for implementing a multi-state DBP PBT.  Because of the numerous questions concerning logistics and site selection it was decided to have the individual states initiate site selection efforts at a few utilities and also to assess the availability of laboratory support for the effort.  An initial bias was to utilize a “train the trainer approach” with the training to be provided by NOLT and implementation being completed at three facilities in each state.  Further discussions on the approach will be conducted at the next planning meeting.  A presentation and workshop on the AWOP fundamentals performance impacts component was also completed.  The next regularly scheduled meeting of this AWOP network group is scheduled for June 15 – 16, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and will focus on finalizing a site selection and implementation approach for the planned DBP PBT demonstration effort.

Region 4 Planning Meeting – Lexington, Kentucky – March 9 – 10, 2010

Region 4 AWOP planning group consisting of Alabama, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Region 4, and EPA/PAI met in Lexington, Kentucky in March 2010.  Georgia and Florida were not able to attend the meeting.  Region 4 is unique in that much of the development work on the DBP PBT has been completed or is currently underway in Region 4 states.  South Carolina was the development state for the initial pilot of DBP PBT and Kentucky is currently the location of the second pilot effort.  Additionally Kentucky is starting a second series of DBP PBT efforts in March 2010.  Alabama has completed two DBP PBT efforts on an individual state basis and is initiating a third series.  The Region 4 group was rewarded from these efforts by having the states that have participated provide lessons learned on the start up and site selection efforts required to support a DBP PBT.  Materials provide will be available through the ASDWA website posting of the meeting documentation.  Additionally North Carolina reported on their continuing active efforts at implementing and assessing the Extended Terminal Sub-fluidization Wash (ETSW) technique for controlling/minimizing backwash spikes from granular filters.   A workshop on AWOP fundamentals (Performance Impacts Component) was completed.   The next Region 4 planning meeting is scheduled to be held in Alabama on August 3 – 4, 2010.  The group will be focusing on developing distribution optimization skills, specifically looking at procedures for conducting investigative sampling to identify potential sites with lower water quality.

Region 6 Planning Meeting – Baton Rouge, Louisiana – April 27 – 29, 2010

The next Region 6 AWOP meeting is scheduled for April in Baton Rouge, and training will be conducted on distribution system optimization goals, the water quality assessment spreadsheet, and application of the sampling guideline.

Region 10 Planning Meeting – Portland, Oregon – March 3 – 4, 2010

Oregon DHS hosted the regional AWOP meeting in Portland in March 2010.  AWOP network participants included Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Region 10, EPA TSC, and PAI.  Utah participated in the meeting through a conference call and use of the Washington Internet file sharing software (i.e., iLinc).  A presentation and workshop were included in the meeting on an AWOP fundamentals topic – Maintenance Component.  An additional presentation and workshop was conducted by Idaho and Oregon staff on continuing the development of slow sand filter status component criteria.  The next Region 10 AWOP meeting will be conducted using conference call and iLinc facilities.  The meeting is scheduled for June 3 – 4, 2010.  Two multi-state CPEs are scheduled for this summer.  One is tentatively planned in Idaho in July and a second CPE is planned for a tribal water system in Washington in August.

Future activities are scheduled as follows:

Date                                                                                                    Activity

May 18 – 20, 2010                              NOLT Planning Meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio

June 15 – 16, 2010                              Region 3 AWOP Planning Meeting and Field Training Event in Region 3 (Philadelphia)

June 23 – 24, 2010                              Region 10 AWOP Planning Meeting – Remote event via conference call and iLinc

Week of July 12, 2010                        Region 10 AWOP Multi-State CPE – Pierce, Idaho? – No NOLT involvement

July 19 – 20, 2010                               Region 6 AWOP Planning Meeting – Remote meeting via Video Teleconferencing

July 27 – 28, 2010                               NOLT Planning Meeting Conference Call

August 3 – 4. 2010                             Region 4 AWOP Planning Meeting and Field Training Event – Alabama

Week of August 9, 2010                     Region 10 AWOP Tribal CPE – Makah Reservation, WA – No NOLT involvement

Week of August 16, 2010                   Region 3 Multi-State CPE Training Event – Washington D.C.

September 20 – 23, 2010                     Region 6 AWOP Planning Meeting and Field Training Event – Des Moines, IA

October 20 – 21, 2010                         Region 3 AWOP Planning Meeting – Hershey, PA

Week of October 25, 2010                 Region 10 AWOP Planning Meeting and Field Training Event in Spokane, Washington

November 9 – 10, 2010                      Region 6 AWOP Planning Meeting – Remote event via VTC and Internet file sharing

November 30 – Dec. 1, 2010            NOLT Planning Meeting Conference Call

December 7 – 8, 2010                         Region 4 AWOP Planning Meeting and Field Training Event – Florida

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