Training and Strategic Planning Meeting in US EPA Region 6

The TSC optimization team, in partnership with US EPA Region 6 and ASDWA, facilitated a meeting and technical training workshop on February 5 and 6, 2013. Participants included representatives from Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas. Examples of state activities include how Arkansas has applied optimization concepts to identify data integrity issues and provide TCR compliance assistance to their systems. Additionally, Iowa has developed an optimization-style prioritization approach to identify small systems in need of compliance and technical assistance. The technical training workshop topic focused on manganese treatment, which provided information on monitoring and control strategies for surface water plants. This topic was identified because drought conditions over the summer of 2012 resulted in manganese treatment challenges throughout the region. (Matthew Alexander)

Distribution System Performance Based Training in Alabama

002On February 26, 2013, the Optimization Team, in partnership with the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM), conducted Session 7 of a Performance Based Training (PBT) project focused on distribution system optimization. Operators from six water systems (the parent system and five consecutive systems) are participating in this project. All of the operators continue to develop their optimization skills, as was evident during their reports on their efforts to identify and improve areas of poor water quality in their systems. During Session 7 the participants were introduced to storage tank assessment techniques and potential strategies that can be implemented to address water quality problems due to tanks. (Matthew Alexander & Alison Dugan)

Training and Strategic Planning Meeting in US EPA Region 10

The TSC Optimization Team, in partnership with US EPA Region 10 and ASDWA, facilitated a meeting and technical training event in and around Portland, OR February 20-22, 2013. Participants included representatives from Alaska, Oregon, Utah and Washington. The technical training included a workshop on membrane treatment optimization and was conducted on site in cooperation with the City of Warrenton, OR and the assistance of their water treatment plant staff. The membrane workshop provided experience with assessing plant performance against the existing draft optimization goals. (Rick Lieberman)