Microbial / Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) Comprehensive Performance Evaluation (CPE)

The TSC Optimization team, in partnership with Ohio EPA, conducted a developmental HAB CPE at the Ottawa County Regional Water Treatment Plant in Port Clinton, OH during the week of August 1-5, 2016. This CPE was the first of a series of pilot CPEs to develop an optimization evaluation tool for water treatment plants (WTPs) challenged by HABs. The CPE also served as a training opportunity for Ohio EPA staff, which included participants from most of the state’s district offices and central office. The evaluation at the Ottawa County WTP identified factors that could limit the plant’s performance during a HAB. Ottawa County staff indicated that the CPE findings were informative and indicated plans to implement changes to address the identified factors. Two additional CPEs, as part of the pilot project, are scheduled for January 2017 and April 2017. (Tom Waters, Rick Lieberman & Alison Dugan, US EPA, TSC)