Ground Water Optimization Pilot in Texas

On June 6th, the Optimization Team, in partnership with the Region 6 AWOP Team and support from members of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, conducted the final session for an ongoing ground water optimization project. The effort focused on developing and transferring optimization tools and approaches to ground water system operators, starting with three small systems in the Dallas area, including the Argyle Water Supply Corporation, the City of Kennedale and the City of Whitesboro.  System operators were encouraged to implement a multiple barrier (source/well, treatment, and distribution system) approach to increase public health protection and were shown ways to ensure the integrity of the particular barriers through monitoring and data trending.  Feedback from the operators who participated indicates that the project was very beneficial, resulting in improved water quality in their systems and an increased level of water treatment understanding.  The operators plan to share their experiences at the 2012 Public Drinking Water Conference sponsored by the TCEQ; the goal is to increase interest (among their peers) in ground water optimization.   Future potential actions for the ground water optimization program include a pilot with additional water systems in partnership with TCEQ and EPA Region 6. (Alison Dugan, 513-569-7122)

Ground Water Optimization Pilot in Texas

On February 7, 2012, the Optimization Team met with the Region 6 AWOP Team and participating water systems to discuss an ongoing project focused on developing and transferring optimization tools and approaches to ground water system operators. The participating systems discussed the work they had conducted to assess their system’s potential to achieve CT (i.e., to demonstrate an effective treatment barrier) as well as their ongoing monitoring efforts in their distribution systems.  Participants were introduced to source barrier concepts related to microbial monitoring and assessing the integrity of their wells.  The pilot project is scheduled to end in June 2012.  (Alison Dugan, US EPA)