Region 3 Area-Wide Optimization Program

The TSC optimization team, in partnership with EPA Region 3 and ASDWA, held a one-day planning meeting on October 27, 2015, in Harrisburg, PA.  State drinking water program representatives from Connecticut, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia reported on their respective AWOP implementation efforts, including technical assistance efforts to control disinfection byproducts, maintain disinfectant residual, and investigate turbidity data integrity issues within their water systems. Meeting discussion topics included next steps related to data integrity (evaluations and follow-up), application of AWOP to address harmful algal blooms, and disinfection data integrity training (planned for the next Region 3 AWOP meeting in the spring of 2016). (Alison Dugan, US EPA, TSC)

Region 6 & 7 AWOP Strategic Planning Meeting

The TSC optimization team, in partnership with Region 6, Region 7, and ASDWA, led a strategic planning meeting and technical workshop on May 5th – 7th in Dallas, TX.   Representatives of drinking water programs from Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas reported on ongoing AWOP implementation efforts and reported on water quality improvements in their state.  Kansas drinking water program staff members also participated in the meeting to learn more about the AWOP.  Due to increased participation from Region 6 and 7 states, two simultaneous workshops were conducted to accommodate the size of the group.  A disinfection data integrity workshop was conducted at Park Cities MUD water treatment plant and a turbidity data integrity workshop was conducted at the City of Midlothian water treatment plant.  Significant topics during the meeting included prioritization of system performance, DBP optimization, and the difference between detectable and measurable chlorine residual.  Meeting participants plan to incorporate the workshop concepts and information from group discussions into their respective state’s PWSS program activities.  (Matthew Alexander, US EPA, TSC)

Region 10 AWOP Strategic Planning Meeting

The TSC optimization team, in partnership with ASDWA, led a remote strategic planning meeting from May 19 to 21, 2015 in Spokane and Kennewick, WA.   Representatives of drinking water programs from Oregon, Washington, and Utah reported on ongoing AWOP implementation efforts.  US EPA Region 8, Colorado, Idaho and Montana drinking water program staff members also participated in the meeting, both in person and remotely, to learn more about the program.  A membrane workshop focused on data integrity and log removal value verification at the City of Kennewick, WA water treatment plant.  Representatives of EPA R8, CO, ID and MT were very positive about the value of AWOP and will continue discussion and garnering interest in their home offices for future participation.  (Tom Waters & Rick Lieberman US EPA, TSC)

Region 3 AWOP Strategic Planning Meeting

The US EPA, TSC optimization team, in partnership with Region 3 and ASDWA, held a strategic planning meeting and technical workshop on April 7-9, 2015 in Maryland. State drinking water program representatives from Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia reported on their respective AWOP implementation efforts and presented positive water quality impacts. Four DWPD staff members also joined the AWOP participants in a distribution system optimization workshop conducted at the Bowie, MD water system. The title of the workshop was “Assessing Distribution System Water Quality and Potential Follow-Up Studies and Control Strategies.” State participants provided positive feedback on the outlined approach and especially on the use of free chlorine residual as a key indicator of water quality. (Rick Lieberman & Alison Dugan, US EPA, TSC )

Region 4 AWOP Strategic Planning Meeting

The TSC optimization team, in partnership with EPA Region 4, led a training exercise and strategic planning meeting from March 10-12, 2014 in Cullman, AL. Participants included state drinking water program representatives from Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, North Carolina, and South Carolina. The training focused on optimization approaches/tools for Stage 2 DBP Rule compliance assistance. It was supported by the Alabama AWOP team, who shared techniques for enhancing communication between parent and consecutive systems and encouraging combined responsibility for water quality. The training also featured a panel of operators from the Cullman water treatment plant and their consecutive systems, who discussed their perspectives about maintaining water quality in their systems. Meeting topics included: promoting the “combined distribution system” concept; tracking/prioritizing systems for DBP performance; expanding technical assistance provider resources; using optimization tools to support RTCR implementation; and marketing AWOP.  (Alison Dugan & Richard Lieberman US EPA, TSC)

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)

Region 10 AWOP Training and Strategic Planning Meeting

The TSC Optimization Team, in partnership with Region 10 and ASDWA, led a strategic implementation meeting and technical workshop from October 7-9, 2014 in Portland OR. State representatives from the drinking water programs in Alaska, Oregon, Utah and Washington reported on ongoing AWOP implementation efforts. Region 8, Colorado and North Dakota drinking water program staff members also attended the meeting and technical workshop to learn more about AWOP. The workshop was conducted at the City of Silverton, OR water treatment plant in cooperation with the plant staff and consulting engineer. The objective was to augment previous disinfection data integrity workshops by providing real world experience with tracer study techniques, the results of which are used in calculating CT values. The workshop was followed by discussions on technical and implementation topics which resulted in action items for effective optimization program implementation. Representatives of R8, CO and ND were very positive about the value of AWOP and will pursue discussions in their home offices about future participation. (Rick Lieberman, US EPA TSC).

Region 3 AWOP Training and Strategic Planning Meeting

The TSC optimization team, in partnership with Region 3 and ASDWA, led a strategic planning meeting and technical training event from August 12-13, 2014 in Petersburg, WV. Participants included state drinking water program representatives from Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. The workshop, held at the Petersburg water treatment plant, focused on disinfection data integrity (assessing the accuracy and consistency of the disinfection monitoring data from sampling through reporting). Other topics for the meeting included broad-scale implementation of distribution system optimization, membrane treatment and SCADA, and the use of third party technical assistance providers to support optimization. Meeting participants plan to incorporate the workshop concepts into their respective state’s PWSS program activities. (Rick Lieberman, US EPA TSC).

Region 10 AWOP Training and Strategic Planning Meeting

The TSC optimization team, in partnership with US EPA Region 10 and ASDWA, facilitated a strategic implementation meeting and technical workshop from May 20-22, 2014. Participants included representatives of drinking water programs from Alaska, Oregon, Utah and Washington. The EPA Region 10 office hosted the meeting in Seattle, where the participants reported on individual state AWOP implementation efforts. This was followed by a discussion of technical and implementation topics which resulted in action items to move the program forward. The workshop was conducted at the Deer Creek water treatment plant in cooperation with the Olympic View (WA) Water & Sewer District. The workshop objectives included identification and development of optimization strategies for contact adsorption clarifiers using buoyant media.

During the strategic implementation portion of the meeting, Bill Mundy (Regional Municipality of Halton, Ontario Canada) provided a presentation through Adobe Connect on the effective use of particle counters for indirect integrity monitoring of a membrane filtration plant. This information is directly applicable to the development of membrane optimization procedures by the Region 10 AWOP participants. (Rick Lieberman, US EPA, TSC).