Region 6 AWOP Strategic Planning Meeting

The TSC optimization team, in partnership with EPA Region 6 and ASDWA, led a strategic planning meeting and technical training event from May 6-8, 2014 in Texarkana, AR. Participants included state drinking water program representatives from Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and US EPA Region 7. The technical training workshop, held at a nearby water system, provided participants an approach to assess disinfection and nitrification in a chloraminated distribution system. During the planning meeting, states discussed a variety of topics, including feedback on the proposed goals for chloraminated water systems, suggested “next steps” for Missouri’s recently established optimization program, and how to integrate CPE training into capacity development. This was the first AWOP training and planning meeting where a representative from US EPA Region 7 was able to attend. With the recent addition of Missouri, two of the four Region 7 states now participate in AWOP. US EPA Region 7 plans to send a representative to future Region 6 AWOP meetings to support their states’ participation in AWOP. (Matthew Alexander US EPA, TSC)

Maher Jaafari (MO DNR) tours the Texarkana Water Utilities’ Millwood Treatment Plant during the workshop.

Maher Jaafari (MO DNR) tours the Texarkana Water Utilities’ Millwood Treatment Plant during the workshop.

Steven Hoffman (ODEQ) and Jennifer Bunton (IDNR) analyzing water quality samples that were collected during the workshop.

Steven Hoffman (ODEQ) and Jennifer Bunton (IDNR) analyzing water quality samples that were collected during the workshop.

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