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)

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