Distribution System Comprehensive Performance Evaluation

During the week of June 10th, members of the Optimization Team, in partnership with Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Distribution System Optimization Coordinator, provided training to additional DEP staff on the Distribution System Comprehensive Performance Evaluation (DS CPE) protocol.  This CPE training event enhanced understanding of distribution system related issues (especially related to water quality), which will help with the implementation of “regular” drinking water program activities.  The trainees provided excellent feedback on potential applications and implementation of the DS CPE protocol.  In the near-term, DEP staff hope to use elements of the DS CPE to provide Stage 2 DBPR compliance assistance to water systems.  Longer-term, it’s possible that the DS CPE could be incorporated into their established Filter Plant Performance Evaluation program, which could have a significant positive impact on distribution system water quality. Participants described the DS CPE as an excellent training tool for state staff, and the training approach used could be effective in other AWOP states or Regions.   (Alison Dugan and Matthew Alexander, US EPA TSC)

Continuous chlorine monitor used to collect data to support the storage tank assessment special study

Continuous chlorine monitor used to collect data to support the storage tank assessment special study

Paul Handke (PA DEP) collecting chlorine samples from a sample tap

Paul Handke (PA DEP) collecting chlorine samples from a sample tap

Paul Handke (PA DEP) collecting in-tank samples (Note:  In-tank sampling is not a required element of the DS CPE)

Paul Handke (PA DEP) collecting in-tank samples (Note: In-tank sampling is not a required element of the DS CPE)

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