2018 EPA Drinking Water Rule Quick Reference Guides -- EPA Water Security Presentations Jul 10, 2018 11:41 am Communication Systems for Smart Utility Infrastructure (July 17, 2018; 1:00 pm EDT) This webinar will discuss considerations for evaluating and selecting data communications systems that meet the unique requirements of smart utility infrastructure, including remote water quality and security monitoring equipment. Also, the Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati will present a case study about its smart sewer network. Please circulate the attached webinar flyer to help us advertise this learning opportunity. Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/us-epa-communications-systems-for-smart-utility-infrastructure-tickets-43167550305 -- Air Regulations for Generators at Water Utilities Webinar (July 25, 1:00 pm EDT) This webinar will provide an overview of the air regulations for stationary generators including the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) and the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for Reciprocating Internal Combustion Engines (RICE). It will outline the requirements for a water utility purchasing new diesel generators. The presentation will also compare the requirements for emergency generators with the requirements for generators used for demand response/peak shaving. You will hear from speakers such as Melanie King, U.S. EPA Office of Air and Radiation and Sara Ayres, U.S. EPA Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. Register: https://epa-air-regulations-webinar.eventbrite.com -- -- Puerto Rico Water and Sewer Authority’s Response to Hurricane Maria Webinar (August 8, 2018, 1:00 pm EDT) Eli Diaz-Atienza, President of Puerto Rico’s Water and Sewer Authority (PRASA) will describe how the utility was impacted by the loss of power caused by Hurricane Maria. At its peak, PRASA was utilizing 1610 generators at its 114 drinking water plants, 51 wastewater plants, and pump stations. This presentation will discuss some of the challenges with operating, maintaining, and fueling the generators. It will also summarize some of the lessons learned and plans for increasing its resilience. Register: https://epa-puerto-rico-webinar.eventbrite.com -- Analysis of Online Water Quality Data (August 14, 2018 at 1:00 pm EDT) The first half of this webinar will describe methods for conducting an exploratory analysis of historical water quality data collected from a water distribution system using online monitoring instruments. The second half will describe how source water constituents of concern can be estimated in near-real-time using continuous water-quality data. The basic data collection requirements and statistical methods needed to develop these relations will be discussed. Examples of this work from existing USGS studies will be presented, including the use of continuous water-quality data to estimate abundancies of cyanobacteria and associated toxins on the Kansas River. Register:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/us-epa-analysis-of-online-water-quality-data-tickets-43170118988 -- Water Sector Power and Black Sky Resilience Summit (September 19, 2018 in Herndon, VA) EPA is hosting a one-day Water Sector Power and Black Sky Resilience Summit to discuss and advance the water sector’s preparedness for a long duration, widespread power outage. There will be presentations and discussions on black sky threats, generators, alternative power options (e.g., combined heat and power, solar), critical interdependencies, and communications. The focus will be on some of the challenges and potential solutions to a long duration power outage. The target audience is drinking water and wastewater utilities, water and energy associations, electric utilities, and local, state, and federal government agencies. Register at: https://epa-black-sky-summit.eventbrite.com -- Lead and Copper Rule 101 for Small and Medium Systems: June 21, 2018 at 2pm CDT - click here to register Description: EPA will be conducting a webinar on the federal Lead and Copper Rule. The webinar will provide an overview of the requirements that apply to small and medium systems, including: monitoring and reporting, corrosion control, source water, public education and lead service line replacement. Presenter: Edward Viveiros, Environmental Engineer in EPA's Office of Groundwater and Drinking Water. -- Revised Total Coliform Rule: June 28, 2018 at 2pm CDT - click here to register Description: This webinar will cover the aspects of the Revised Total Coliform Rule (RTCR) and navigate through changes from the original Total Coliform Rule. One of the focuses of the RTCR is to find and fix possible contamination issues rather than having an MCL violation for total coliform positive samples. In place of the MCL violation a Level 1 or Level 2 assessment is done on the system to determine what caused the positive total coliform sample. MCL Violations, however, can still occur due to positive E. Coli samples, failure to conduct required assessments or failure to fix issues found in the assessments. The webinar will go through the scenarios of an assessment and/or MCL violation to clear up any confusion with the new rule including the public notification requirements. Another focus of the RTCR is to limit the number of contaminations that could occur at seasonal systems. This is accomplished by having the systems conduct state approved start-up procedures that include disinfection, flushing, sampling and fixing any sanitary defects. It also changed the monitoring frequency for most systems to be at least monthly. The webinar will go into more detail on these requirements for seasonal systems. The RTCR also required updates to the sample site plans for water systems. This included ensuring the routine sample sites were representative of quality throughout the system as well as defining the repeat sample site locations in the event of a positive routine sample. The updates to the sample site plan for most systems should have been done already but the webinar will go through them as well other sampling requirements. The webinar will conclude with some common issues that have been found since the implementation of the RTCR. -- EPA Webinar - Decontamination Preparedness and Assessment StrategyThursday, June 28, 2018, 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET; webinar On June 28, EPA will conduct a webinar on the Decontamination Preparedness and Assessment Strategy (DPAS), which EPA is developing to assist water utilities in preparation for contamination incidents. This webinar will provide an overview of DPAS, which is an interactive PDF walking a user through the complexities of the three phases of remediation: characterization, decontamination, and clearance. 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EPA Webinar - Fuel Supply PlanningThursday, June 28, 2018, 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET; webinar On June 28, EPA will host a webinar to discuss Fuel Supply Planning for Power Resilience. Hear how Oregon developed a Fuel Action Plan to address how the state would access and distribute fuel during a catastrophic earthquake. The webinar also will provide an overview of Washington County’s corresponding county level plans. These plans address many of the issues that water utilities could face, such as prioritization, distribution, waivers and security, when trying to obtain fuel for generators during a long duration, widespread power outage. Register at EventBrite.