Optimization Program – Microbial Performance Based Training in West Virginia

The Optimization Team, in collaboration with the West Virginia Bureau of Public Health, facilitated the fourth of six sessions of microbial PBT at the Summersville, WV City Hall on September 11, 2012.  Operators from the participating water systems reported on their efforts to calibrate their jar testing process to simulate the coagulation, flocculation and clarification processes existing in their respective water treatment plants.  This exercise resulted in a better understanding of existing treatment processes and identified opportunities for enhancing performance.  Further opportunities for improving performance were identified in a workshop and studies will be implemented by the participating operators before the next session. This PBT session also provided a forum for the development of strategies to address the unique water quality and chemical cost issues resulting from this year’s drought conditions.  (Ouro Koumai & Rick Lieberman, US EPA TSC)

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One Response to Optimization Program – Microbial Performance Based Training in West Virginia

  1. mike hawranick says:

    The series started with 6 WTPs, now we are at 4 participants. Homework activities include 2 systems doing Mn profiles through the plant (using a 0.2 micron filter at each stage) and one WTP using their calibrated jar test to evaluate a coagulant aide.