West Virginia Session II Performance Based Training – March 5-7

The Optimization Program continues to collaborate with the West Virginia Bureau of Public Health (WVBPH) to provide Performance Base Training (PBT) to drinking water treatment operators from seven Public WaterSystems (PWSs).  Focused on improving turbidity removal, this training was the second in a series of six sessions designed to provide PWS personnel with the skills necessary to optimize performance from their filtration plants.  This project also serves to transfer PBT facilitator and trainer skills to the WVBPH in support of ongoing implementation by the state program.

PWS participants found the training materials very relevant to daily plant performance issues and they adopted specific approaches to investigate performance problems before the next training session in June, 2012. (Ouro Koumai US EPA, TSC).

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Auto-Flushing Program Interviews in Kentucky

Solar-Powered Automatic Flushing Device (Courtesy of Georgetown Municipal Water and Sewer Services)

On February 23, 2012, the Optimization Team, in partnership with the Kentucky Division of Water (KYDOW), conducted interviews with staff members from Georgetown Municipal Water and Sewer Services (GMWSS) to gain a better understanding of their implementation of distribution system optimization and their innovative auto-flushing program.  Over the past two decades, GMWSS has implemented an extensive flushing program that reduces water age to maintain water quality throughout their distribution system.  The flushing units are solar-powered and utilize a programmable valve that is adjusted monthly based on water quality measurements; which has proven to be a cost-effective, energy saving, low-maintenance approach to providing safe drinking water to their customers.  On an annual basis, only two percent of the total volume of water distributed by the system is flushed, which upper level managers and staff view as “the cost of doing business.”  The Optimization Team plans to share the auto-flusher design and information gained from these interviews with other State AWOPs so their water systems might benefit from this information. (Matthew Alexander & Alison Dugan US EPA, TSC)