EPA Technology Innovation Showcase

On December 2, the TSC ptimization team participated in a Technology Innovation Showcase at EPA Cincinnati, hosted by ORD and Confluence. The event highlighted technology developed by EPA (independently and in cooperation with others) and was an opportunity for the participants to learn more about opportunities for partnering with the Agency. Approximately 300 representatives from business, government, utilities, universities, economic development organizations and the financial community attended.  TSC’s hydrant sampler, a distribution system optimization tool designed and engineered by optimization team members, was among the technologies exhibited and received significant interest. The team is investigating the possibility of using a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA), as ORD has done, to partner with a third party to have this device produced, marketed, and distributed for wider use by public waters systems and State regulatory organizations. Commercialization of the hydrant sampler could lead to more water systems collecting representative samples and increasing their awareness of water quality in their distribution systems. (Matthew Alexander and Michael Brinkmiller, US EPA, TSC)

Innovation Showcase Hydrant Sampler Poster

Innovation Showcase Hydrant Sampler Poster

 

 

 

Storage Tank Water Quality Monitoring

The TSC optimization team, in partnership with the EPA-Cincinnati Safety, Health, and Environmental Management (SHEM) program, conducted a water storage tank sampling study on October 20th and November 7th in Georgetown, KY. The study was conducted to support the development of an in-tank sampling protocol and involved collecting water quality samples and continuously measuring temperature at various depths within the tank. Data were collected for approximately three weeks to assess tank mixing performance. Prior to the study, SHEM helped identify potential hazards, recommended appropriate safety equipment, and provided fall-protection training. The SHEM field safety officer also participated in the study to observe and advise. (Matthew Alexander, Tom Waters, Alison Dugan and Rick Lieberman, US EPA, TSC)

Matthew Alexander (EPA TSC), Tom Waters (EPA TSC), and Gerard Henderson (EPA SHEM) preparing safety equipment prior to the study.

Matthew Alexander (EPA TSC), Tom Waters (EPA TSC), and Gerard Henderson (EPA SHEM) preparing safety equipment prior to the study.

Matthew Alexander (EPA TSC) and Tom Waters (EPA TSC) at the top of the tank.

Matthew Alexander (EPA TSC) and Tom Waters (EPA TSC) at the top of the tank.

Tom Waters (EPA TSC) hoisting sampling equipment to the lower platform of the tank.

Tom Waters (EPA TSC) hoisting sampling equipment to the lower platform of the tank.

Region 6 AWOP

The TSC optimization team, in partnership with Region 6 and ASDWA, led a strategic planning meeting and technical training event from October 28-30, 2014 in Austin, TX. Participants included state drinking water program representatives from Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Region 7. The technical training workshop, held at a nearby water system, focused on an approach to assess membrane treatment plants. Meeting topics included harmful algal blooms, evaluating the status of distribution systems, experiences with membrane treatment facilities, and preliminary planning for the 2015 AWOP National Meeting. This was the first AWOP training and planning meeting where a representative from Kansas was able to attend. They had a positive experience and will be discussing their interest in future AWOP participation with their management. (Matthew Alexander and Tom Waters, US EPA, TSC)

Membrane filtration racks at the Cliff and Eldine Poe Region Water Treatment Plant in Kempner, TX

Membrane filtration racks at the Cliff and Eldine Poe Region Water Treatment Plant in Kempner, TX

Jose Rodriguez (EPA Region 6) and Dan Clair (KDHE) Examining Membrane Filters

Jose Rodriguez (EPA Region 6) and Dan Clair (KDHE) Examining Membrane Filters

Paul Brandt (IDNR) Collecting a Sample During the Training Workshop

Paul Brandt (IDNR) Collecting a Sample During the Training Workshop

Region 3 AWOP

The TSC optimization team, in partnership with Region 3 and ASDWA, led a strategic planning meeting and technical workshop on November 18-19, 2014 in Philadelphia, PA. State drinking water programs representatives from Connecticut, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia reported on their respective AWOP implementation efforts. New Jersey drinking water program staff also attended the meeting/workshop to learn more about the program. The workshop was structured as a discussion and question/answer forum focused on test methods, monitoring equipment and instrumentation to support implementation of AWOP data integrity activities. Representatives from New Jersey were very positive about the value of AWOP and indicated that they will consider future participation. (Tom Waters and Rick Lieberman, US EPA, TSC)