Alabama’s April Drawing the Graph Newsletter

Alabama’s Area Wide Optimization Program has recently released its newest “Drawing the Graph” newsletter.  This issue covers the status of the Alabama AWOP – 55% of their surface water treatment plants are optimized.  There is an article on the wrap up of the Cullman project, a Performance Based Training pilot for distribution systems.  Another article highlights the importance of data integrity.  The newsletter also includes the state’s optimization goals and a list of optimized plants.  The complete newsletter is attached to this post.

Drawing the Graph – April 2014 Issue


Region 4 AWOP Strategic Planning Meeting

The TSC optimization team, in partnership with EPA Region 4, led a strategic planning meeting from March 11-13, 2014 in Tampa, FL. Participants included state drinking water program representatives from Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, North Carolina, and South Carolina.  This meeting provided Florida staff members with an opportunity to learn more about their peers’ programs as Florida revives their own program. States provided their annual AWOP reports, and many reported an increase in population served optimized water over the previous year.  Other discussion topics included approaches to disseminate AWOP concepts to small systems that are expected to have Stage 2 DBPR compliance concerns (possibly with the use of third-party technical assistance providers), next steps for Florida’s AWOP, and the use of AWOP-concepts to support RTCR implementation. Technical training focused on special studies that can be done to investigate turbidity data integrity issues at a water system (i.e., instrument calibration, data recording or reporting errors, etc.). All states plan to incorporate aspects of this training into their routine inspection activities.  (Alison Dugan, US EPA TSC)

Region 3 AWOP Training and Strategic Planning Meeting

The TSC optimization team, in partnership with EPA Region 3 and ASDWA, led a strategic planning meeting and technical training event from March 18-19, 2014 in Leesburg, VA.  Participants included state drinking water program representatives from Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia.  The technical training workshop, held at the Leesburg water treatment plant, focused on turbidity data integrity.  The objective of the workshop was to assess the accuracy and consistency of the turbidity monitoring data over its entire life cycle (i.e., sampling through reporting).

Topics for the strategic planning portion of the meeting included incorporation of AWOP concepts into RTCR Level 1 and Level 2 assessments; data integrity evaluations conducted in the state of Washington; and a summary of groundwater optimization efforts conducted by other AWOP states. Meeting participants plan to incorporate these concepts into their respective state’s PWSS program activities. (Tom Waters & Rick Lieberman, US EPA TSC)