Drinking Water Optimization Training

During the week of March 7, 2016, the TSC Optimization Team led a training class for drinking water staff with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE). Topics addressed during the 2½ day class include surface water treatment optimization; assessing water system turbidity performance and data interpretation; and turbidity sampling, testing, and data development. A turbidity data integrity workshop was conducted at a nearby water treatment plant and provided participants the opportunity to identify challenges that may lead to inaccurate turbidity and disinfection data. Participants concluded their training by summarizing their findings and developing action steps to implement aspects of their training in their work.  This was the first class in a series of three that the KDHE will complete as they prepare to join the EPA Regions 6/7 Area-Wide Optimization Program (AWOP). (Alison Dugan, US EPA, TSC).

Region 10 AWOP Remote Strategic Planning Meeting

On February 9-10, the Optimization Team, in partnership with ASDWA, held a strategic planning meeting (via teleconference) with EPA Region 10.  Representatives of drinking water programs from Oregon, Utah, and Washington reported on ongoing AWOP implementation efforts.  Drinking water program staff from Alaska and Idaho also reported on optimization activities and current challenges prohibiting full AWOP implementation.  Representatives from Colorado, Montana, and EPA Region 10 also participated.  Colorado reported on plans for the April 2016 Partnership for Safe Water Summit in Denver and Montana reported on plans to engage in additional AWOP training.  The meeting also included a presentation and data analyses from a pilot project to develop optimization strategies for contact adsorption clarifiers (CAC) technology.  Action items, including paths forward for distribution system and membrane optimization, were discussed.  (Tom Waters, US EPA, TSC).