OAS Web Course Now Live in PA’s eLearning Center

Pennsylvania is  announcing a new on line training course for operators covering important aspects of OAS.

The web course called Interpreting the Treatment Barrier Performance Summary Sheet for AWOP Participants is now live on the Operator eLearning Center at http://padepelearn.com. Based on the beta testing, the course was assigned one contact hour for certified drinking water operators at a cost of $25. The course is designed to help surface water treatment plants that use the OAS software interpret and apply information from the annual performance summary sheet.

Special thanks goes to Enid Chiu from EPA and Michael Hawranick from WV for Beta testing the course and providing comments.

For additional information contact:

Kurt Smith

Water Program Specialist

PA Dept of Environmental Protection

717-783-5121

kurtsmith@pa.gov

 

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Alabama’s Latest “Draw The Graph” Newsletter

Alabama’s Area Wide Optimization Program has just released its April 2012 issue of Drawing the Graph, the newsletter that highlights optimization news and activities of the program.  This issue includes articles specific to Alabama like their revised DBP optimization goals and a listing of water systems meeting optimization goals with an example press release for these systems to share their success with the public.  There are many other topics of interest to other AWOP states.  These include a pilot project on the development of Performance Based Training (PBT) for distribution systems that includes a focus on consecutive system participation and a discussion of data integrity.  There is also a very informative article on the practice of Extended Terminal Subfluidization Wash (ETSW) focusing on the methods as well as the benefits in water and cost savings of this approach to backwashing filters.

Enjoy the Alabama news letter:  Drawing the Graph – April 2012 Issue

The Optimization State – Texas

These are some news and views submitted by the AWOP states.  Please use this for your enlightenment, enrichment and maybe even your entertainment!  AND think about what your state wants to share for the next Optimization State.

A long time member of the Texas Optimization Core Team, Don Tharp, has retired after working for the State of Texas for 35 years.  Don began his career with the state as a Registered Sanitarian at the Texas Department of Health and he continued to work in the Public Drinking Water Program when it was transferred to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.  He joined the Core Team in 1997, when two dedicated optimization positions (DOPs) were added in the Field Operations Division Regional Offices.  Don participated in field events, provided technical assistance to operators, and was a valued resource for TCEQ staff and management.  He plans to continue to be active in the drinking water community.

The Core Team has a mandatory Comprehensive Performance Evaluation scheduled in May and a Special Performance Evaluation and Data Audit planned for June.  We will be participating in the annual Public Drinking Water Conference in August, where we will present findings from the Disinfection By-Product Performance Based Training (DBP PBT).  The PBT participants will have a follow-up meeting in conjunction with the conference and will present updates on their projects.

The annual Public Drinking Water Staff Training was cancelled due to budget constraints, so we will provide training to the field staff by video-teleconference (VTC) later in the year.  We’re also working with EPA Region 6 to provide a workshop on rules and SDWIS, which will be available throughout the state via VTC.

Since the state’s 2012-2013 budget has not been finalized, the Team’s work plan for fiscal year 2012 has not been finalized either.  However, we are looking forward to hosting the Region 6 AWOP quarterly planning meeting in October and we’re making arrangements for providing training on different methods of acquiring electronic data at surface water treatment plants.

The Optimization State – Florida

Here are some news and views submitted by the AWOP states.  Please use this for your enlightenment, enrichment and maybe even your entertainment!  AND think about what your state wants to share for the next Optimization State.

The Florida AWOP team is pleased that the program is gearing up again after budget constraints resulted in a reduction in traveling and therefore a reduction in site visits and system evaluations.  In September, AWOP team member Greg Parker retired from FDEP after many active years in the program.  Greg’s position was filled by Jennifer Porter, P.E.  Jen joins FDEP from the private sector, where she spent 15 years specializing in water and wastewater treatment plant design, distribution system design, and utility planning.  Prior to that work, Jen graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Environmental Engineering.  In October 2010, Jen got her first experience with AWOP when she attended a multi-state AWOP Comprehensive Performance Evaluation (CPE) in North Carolina.  Jen plans to utilize the DBP-CPE techniques learned during that AWOP event in order to assist systems in Florida that are experiencing issues with DBPs.

With disinfection byproducts as the focus for this year in Florida AWOP, we have identified candidate systems for CPEs based on non-compliance with TTHM and HAA5 standards.  Our first CPE was conducted for the City of Cocoa in May.

Florida will be hosting the Region IV AWOP Planning Meeting in Tallahassee on November 29 and 30, 2011.  During that meeting, and with a few statewide CPEs under our belt, we hope to gain insight into maintaining a successful program from other Region IV AWOP teams.  Proposed meeting topics include the development of performance-limiting factors for DBP CPEs.

The Optimization State – Alabama

These are some news and views submitted by the AWOP states.  Please use this for your enlightenment, enrichment and maybe even your entertainment!  AND think about what your state wants to share for the next Optimization State.

Alabama has recently released their latest AWOP newsletter – Drawing the Graph.  The newsletter highlights activities in the state’s optimization program.  This issue shares how many of the state’s surface water systems are optimized – 38%.  There is also an article on the “costs” of optimization that really shows what a water system gets for their investment.  On the technical side, the newsletter examines automatic flushing for DBP control and Extended Terminal Subfluidization Wash.

You can review the Alabama newsletter HERE.   Is this something your state might be able to do?

The Optimization State – Kentucky

These are some news and views submitted by the AWOP states.  Please use this for your enlightenment, enrichment and maybe even your entertainment!  AND think about what your state wants to share for the next Optimization State.

The Kentucky AWOP team bid farewell to Jim Hamon, a founding member of the Kentucky AWOP, when he retired on October 1, 2010.  Even with budget constraints, Russell Neal was hired to fill that vacancy on January 16, 2011.  Russell comes to the group with a BS in Biology with a minor in Chemistry and a MS in Aquaculture and Aquatic Science from Kentucky State University.  Russell began his environmental work at the Kentucky State University in performing aquaculture research.  Russell will be providing technical assistance to drinking water systems that are located in the Hazard & Frankfort Regional offices.

The first quarter of 2011 has been full of activity, with the Kentucky AWOP team working to update the AWOP.  Kentucky made the decision to split the AWOP into two categories, a Microbial AWOP and a Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts (D/DBP) AWOP.  For the Microbial AWOP, the updates have not affected the existing goals, but rather the awards criteria.  Kentucky presents Microbial Optimization Certificates annually.  To receive an Optimization Certificate for being optimized, in addition to meeting the Microbial AWOP goals, the system must have no turbidity violations for the calendar year.  Systems must also submit turbidity data monthly.

For the D/DBP AWOP, specific D/DBP goals were set for both the treatment plant and distribution system.  Plant tap goals include TTHM and HAA5 limits, treated TOC limits, TOC performance removal ratio limits, and CT requirements.  Distribution goals include both short and long term TTHM and HAA5 limits, flushing requirements, and disinfectant residual limits.  Kentucky will be presenting D/DBP Optimization Certificates annually.  To receive an Optimization Certificate for being optimized, in addition to meeting the D/DBP AWOP goals, the system must have no Disinfection Byproduct violations for the calendar year.  Systems must also submit Plant Tap TTHM and HAA5, Distribution TTHM and HAA5, and Plant TOC data quarterly.

These new rules were put in place to further encourage systems to protect public health and maintain compliance.  Now for both the Microbial and D/DBP AWOP, in order for systems to be considered for optimization they must formally commit to AWOP.  To do this they must submit a letter of commitment, formally adopt the goals, and post them at a prominent location at their plant. To be in the running for either the Microbial AWOP Champion Award or the D/DBP AWOP Champion Award, a three year longevity award, the system will not be considered if they have any SDWA violations for the three year period.