Distribution System Performance Based Training in Alabama

On September 4, the US EPA Optimization Team, in partnership with the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM), conducted Session 9 of a Performance Based Training (PBT) pilot project focused on distribution system optimization. The participating operators developed and presented case studies about some of their accomplishments during this PBT project. Examples included water quality enhancements through operational changes in the distribution system (i.e., tanks, optimizing automatic flushing) and reduced staff burden associated with maintaining water quality in the distribution system (i.e., fewer customer complaint, less time spent manually flushing the system). Participants also discussed possible approaches for documenting impacts of the project: stabilizing distribution system chlorine residual levels (either at a single site, or system wide); reducing disinfection by-products system-wide; and improving water quality in the system. The afternoon workshop focused on assessing the impact of rerouting water in the system to improve water quality. The final session is planned for December. (Matthew Alexander & Alison Dugan US EPA TSC).

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Alabama Publishes “Drawing the Graph” Newsletter

As a part of their state’s Optimization Program, Alabama periodically publishes a newsletter called “Drawing the Graph”.  This publication covers various activities in their AWOP as well as general optimization information for their surface water systems.  The newsletters include articles on their annual surface water meeting, the optimization awards program, technical information for new optimization areas like membranes and DBPs, plus real life experiences related by water system operators.

The two latest newsletters are attached for your review and as a source of ideas for your own AWOP.

Thanks to Alabama for sharing this excellent publication.

Drawing the Graph – May 2013 Issue

Drawing the Graph – September 2013 Issue