Montana Drinking Water Optimization Training

During the week of September 12 – 16, 2016, the TSC Optimization Team led a training class for drinking water program staff with the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) in Helena, MT. Attendees from EPA Region 8 also participated. Topics covered during the 2½-day class included an overview of surface water treatment plant optimization, plant performance assessment (including data trending and analyses) and turbidity data handling from sampling through reporting. A turbidity data integrity workshop was conducted at the Ten Mile Water Treatment Plant in Helena, MT. The in-plant workshop provided participants and water system staff the opportunity to identify the many potential influences on data quality that may impact process control decisions and water quality reporting. Participants concluded the training by summarizing their findings and developing action steps. (Tom Waters, US EPA, TSC).

Region 4 AWOP Strategic Planning Meeting and Workshop

The TSC optimization team, in partnership with Region 4 and ASDWA, led a training exercise and strategic planning meeting August 16-18, 2016 in Marion, NC. Participants included state drinking water program representatives from Alabama, Kentucky, North Carolina and South Carolina. States presented an overview of AWOP activities and accomplishments and discussed a variety of implementation issues. The technical workshop focused on distribution system optimization (DSO). Water system maps, historical water quality data, and results from investigative sampling performed by NC staff members were utilized by the participants to identify areas of the DS susceptible to water quality issues and propose studies to address those issues. State action plans were developed to support implementation of DSO approaches, including collaboration with Technical Assistance providers as appropriate. (Richard Lieberman, US EPA, TSC)