AWOP Planning Meeting Update

Region 3 Planning Meeting – Kearneysville, West Virginia

October 10 – 11, 2012

By Bob A. Hegg

The Region 3 AWOP planning group consisting of participants from Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, EPA Region 3, EPA TSC, Process Applications, Inc. and representatives from the state of North Carolina (Region 4) met in Kearneysville WV in October 2012.  The Region 3 AWOP are continuing their participation in a train the trainer implementation approach for developing a DBP PBT in their respective states.  Participants attending the meetings are returning to their home state and implementing a DPB session for their staffs and for selected facilities. Two states are implementing PBT with multiple plants; North Carolina and West Virginia.  They reported seeing the benefits of the PBT process through improved communication and confidence skills by their PBT participants.  They also reported increased staff confidence and understanding of DBP control.  The remaining three states; Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania also reported improved staff skills.  These states are implementing PBT efforts with a single utility.  Feedback from these states was unanimous in that the lack of the benefits provided by peer pressure was limiting the growth of utility staff skills.  These utilities suggested that future DBP PBT train the trainer approaches have a less stringent site selection process to help ensure that multiple facilities participated.  Maryland suggested that a good performing utility be considered just to allow the peer pressure.

High ranking topics discussed during the meeting were the status of distribution system optimization efforts, Stage 2 compliance tools, and training opportunities for state and Regional personnel on the CPE and PBT processes.  The distribution and Stage 2 compliance tools had a very high appeal because of the impending regulations and anticipated potential for noncompliance.  The Region 3 AWOP group expressed their desire to pursue a workshop on establishing strategic flushing in a distribution system.

Connecticut (a EPA Region 1 State) was not able to attend this meeting but reported that they are working on their status component.  The next regularly scheduled meeting of this AWOP network group is scheduled for March 19 – 20, 2013 in Baltimore, MD.  The meeting will focus on train the trainer efforts for Session 6 of the DBP PBT approach, which will be the final session of the training series.

Region 3 Participants engaged in DBP PBT Session 5 Training

TSC’s Matt Alexander conducting a DBP PBT Quiz

AWOP Planning Meeting Update – August 2012

AWOP Planning Meeting Update

Region 4 – August 2012 Meeting

By Bob A. Hegg

 Region 4 Planning Meeting – Lexington, Kentucky – August 14 – 15, 2012

Region 4 AWOP planning group consisting of Alabama, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Region 4, and EPA/PAI met in Lexington, Kentucky in August 2012.  An additional participant from Florida participated via teleconference.  A training session on “strategically establishing a distribution system flushing site” was conducted working with the Nicholasville water utility.  Field sampling of the distribution system was completed using the calculated flush time approach and hydrants samplers.  Potential low chlorine residual sampling sites were selected from a review of the Nicholasville DS maps.  The groups then went to the field and gathered samples.  Due to the short duration of the sampling the optimum flushing site was not expected to be identified.  The participants then went back to the class room and drafted a special study to implement a flushing location and to set up ongoing monitoring at that location.

One of the field teams

Another hard working field team

High ranking topics discussed at the planning meeting were the status of the Distribution CPE protocol, data integrity, membrane optimization, use of particle counter, SDWIS NEXT GEN and 2013 National Meeting.  The Region 4 states are very interested in the DS CPE and are looking at this as the technical topic for the 2013 meetings.

The next Region 4 planning meeting is scheduled to be held in Alabama and the technical topic to be addressed will be setting up an Extended Terminal Subfluidization Wash (ETSW) at a selected water treaIs Rick happy to be back in Region 4tment plant.  The training and planning meeting will be held on December 11 – 12, 2012.

Is Rick happy to be back in Region 4

Dale is how old?

Region 3 AWOP Planning Meeting – July 2012

This is the Region 3 Team during a Workshop Entitled “Take me out to the ballgame”. Can you find the Region 3 workshop participants?

Region 3 Planning Meeting – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – July 24 – 25, 2012 by
Bob A. Hegg
The Region 3 AWOP planning group consisting of participants from Connecticut Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, EPA Region 3, EPA TSC, ASDWA, Process Applications, Inc. and representatives from the state of North Carolina (Region 4) met in the Region 3 offices in Philadelphia in July 2012. The Region 3 AWOP states are participating in a train the trainer implementation approach for developing a DBP PBT in their respective states. Participants attending the meetings are returning to their home state and implementing a DPB session for their staffs and for selected facilities. The interest in the DBP PBT was again demonstrated by the fact that every state had multiple participants with a total of 20 state personnel in attendance. The number of facilities participating in each state varies from one in Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania; six in West Virginia, and seven plants in North Carolina. Most states have or will be presenting Session 3 (Advanced special studies) to their utilities. Several of the states were impressed with the ability of the UV 254 analysis to provide the operator with real time process control opportunities. The reports on these efforts have been effective for enhancing the transfer of approaches and findings between the Region 3 AWOP participants. North Carolina provided data from two of their utility participants for review and evaluation at the meeting. This same kind of review will be implemented by all of the states when they present session 4 to their participating utilities.
Connecticut (a EPA Region 1 State) attended the Region 3 meeting for the first time. There was enthusiastic discussion of how to assimilate CT into the AWOP network and Region 3. Support from the group was welcomed by CT. The Region 3 states were also very interested in the data integrity workshops and extended terminal subfluidization workshops (ETSW_ being conducted in the other Regions. They realize that time is not available to pursue these efforts at the current Region 3 meetings because of the focus on the DBP PBT train-the-trainer efforts.
The next regularly scheduled meeting of this AWOP network group is scheduled for the week of October 8, 2012 in Cacapon State Park in Northern, West Virginia. The meeting will focus on train the trainer efforts for Session 5 of the DBP PBT approach.

AWOP Planning Meeting – Region 4

AWOP Planning Meeting Update

Region 4 – March 2012 Meeting

By Bob A. Hegg

Region 4 Planning Meeting – Raleigh, North Carolina – March 27 – 28, 2012

Region 4 AWOP planning group consisting of Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Region 4, and EPA/PAI met in Raleigh, North Carolina in March 2012.  An additional participant from EPA TSC participated via teleconference.  A Data Integrity Workshop was conducted at the Orange Water and Sewer Authority (OWASA) water treatment plant to demonstrate an approach for assessing the turbidity data integrity of a working utility.  The training exercise was able to be completed in an afternoon because of the exemplary approach to sampling, recording, and verifying taken by the OWASA award winning facility.

Kicking Off the Data Integrity Workshop

Solitax Turbidimeter Sensor with “Wiper”

Despite the lack of data integrity issues, the AWOP participants were pleased with the learning experience that the workshop offered.  The utility had several different types of turbidimeters including Solitax (in-situ) turbidimeters, surface scatter turbidimeters, and FilterTrac (laser based turbidimeters).  Several states are planning on incorporating some of the data integrity ideas into their inspection activities.

Each of the states presented their annual reports during the planning meeting.  The reports showed multiple year impacts of AWOP and for the first time, each state was able to present graphs of the population served by optimized systems.  This data provides an impressive demonstration of the impact of optimization efforts.  Multiple case histories were also presented and may appear as standalone articles in future AWOP News Blogs.  A topic of discussion during the planning meeting was distribution system optimization.   This topic was a major issue because of the Stage II regulations and their implementation.  States were looking for approaches to dealing with the impending non-compliance status of many of their systems The next Region 4 planning meeting is scheduled to be held in Kentucky and the technical topic to be discussed is Setting up a DS Flushing Program.  The training and Planning meeting will be held on August 14 – 15, 2012.

William McClimans (ADEM) observing the “small monitor” showing SCADA data

Janine Morris (Region 4) Verifying SCADA Signals

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AWOP Planning Meeting Update

Region 3 – March 2012 Meeting

By Bob A. Hegg

Region 3 Planning Meeting – Culpeper, Virginia – March 14 – 15, 2012

The Region 3 AWOP planning group consisting of participants from Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, EPA Region 3, EPA TSC, Process Applications, Inc. and representatives from the state of North Carolina (Region 4) met in Culpeper, Virginia in March 2012.  The Region 3 AWOP is participating in a train the trainer implementation approach for developing a DBP PBT in their respective states.  Participants are attending the Region 3 planning meetings to receive training and then return to their own state to implement training for their staff and their selected utilities. The interest in the DBP PBT was again demonstrated by the fact that every state had multiple participants with a total of 20 state personnel in attendance.  The number of facilities participating in each state varies from one in Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania; six in West Virginia, and seven plants in North Carolina.  The states have or will be presenting Session 2 (Special studies) to their utilities and they reported back on their progress at the Virginia meeting.  North Carolina reported on the positive impact of peer pressure of the PBT approach.  Maryland identified the value of making presentations on the PBT efforts in enhancing operator skills.

Train the Trainers Trainers – Hard at Work!

Session 3 was presented in the train the trainer format at the Culpeper plant.  This session covers the topic of jar testing to show the potential of increased TOC removal through enhanced coagulation.  UV254 was demonstrated as a potential surrogate for TOC.

Some of the Train the Trainers Trainees Use “Modern” Jar Test Equipment

During the planning meeting the states reported out on their AWOP activities for 2012.  The impact of AWOP was again demonstrated by the states through a series of graphs showing changes at utilities over multiple year periods.  Another discussion was the status of a Region 1 state (Connecticut) joining the Region 3 AWOP efforts.  Current feedback from Connecticut is that they are planning on attending the next Region 3 planning meeting in July.  A continuing topic of concern is the impact of bromide that is emerging in the Region 3 states.  This will likely remain a concern for the foreseeable future.  The next regularly scheduled meeting of this AWOP network group is scheduled for the week of July 16, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  The meeting will focus on train the trainer efforts for Session 4 of the DBP PBT approach.