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11th Annual US EPA Drinking Water Workshop Small Drinking Water Systems: Challenges and Solutions September 9 - 11, 2014, Cincinnati, Ohio


Approximately 94% of drinking water systems in the U.S. are “small systems.” EPA considers a system to be small if it serves 3,300 or fewer customers. Because of their small size, many of the 143,647 active small systems cannot develop or access resources needed to comply with the increasing number of EPA regulations and customer expectations.

State and local officials are faced with the challenge of effectively communicating with and overseeing training for small system owners and operators. To ensure these systems are in compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act regulations, officials need to current on topics such as treatment alternatives, regulations, health implications, and emerging contaminants. EPA is committed to helping state and local personnel deliver clean drinking water to their customers by providing information, training, and technical assistance.

EPA’s first workshop was held in 2004 by invitation only. It was designed for state staff working with small communities to install arsenic treatment technologies. At the encouragement of state agencies, the annual workshop was open to the public in 2008. It was expanded to include all topics of concern to small drinking water systems.

Workshop Overview

The 11th annual workshop will provide in-depth training and information on various solutions and strategies for handling small systems problems and compliance challenges. The workshop offers multiple sessions and activities:

  • Opening session
  • 9 technical sessions
  • 6 breakout groups
  • Wrap-up session
  • Optional tours of EPA’s research facilities

Who Should Attend?

The workshop is primarily designed for state personnel responsible for drinking water regulations compliance and treatment technologies permitting. However, past workshops have attracted attendees from numerous other disciplines:

  • Design engineers
  • Technical assistance providers
  • Consulting firms
  • Equipment manufacturers
  • Academia
  • Small systems owners
  • Certified water systems operators

Past workshops have attracted up to 250 participants with as many as 80 state personnel representing over 40 state drinking water programs.

Agenda and Topics

The workshop will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 9, 2014, and is anticipated to conclude at approximately 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 11, 2014.

Preliminary Workshop Agenda

The following topics will be included this year:

  • Implementation of the Revised Total Coliform Rule (RTCR)
  • Water supply and distribution systems
  • Building issues/consecutive systems
  • Emerging contaminants
  • Nutrient-related contamination
  • Microbial contamination/biofilms/DBPs
  • Barriers to approving and implementing new technology
  • Climate change and water reuse
  • Issues and solutions for non community water systems
  • Improving communication between EPA and small systems
  • Other hot topics


Speakers will include EPA staff, state personnel, engineering consultants, and university professors.


  • EPA’s Office of Research and Development/National Risk Management Research Laboratory
  • EPA’s Office of Water/Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water
  • Association of State Drinking Water Administrators

Workshop Registration

The workshop is free to the public, so there is no registration fee to attend. Register for the Workshop

Workshop Location

Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza Hotel Website
35 West Fifth Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Phone: (513) 421-9100
Fax: (513) 421-4291
Driving Directions


A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza; rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis. For reservations, call (800) HILTONS or (800) 445-8667, or book a room online.  You must mention the “EPA DW

Workshop or the group code EPA in order to receive the group rate of $127.00 for single-occupancy rooms and $152.00 for double-occupancy rooms plus 17.25% tax per night. The cut-off date for reservations within the group room block is Saturday, August 9, 2014.

Reservations must be guaranteed with a major credit card. Check-in time is 4:00 p.m. and checkout time is 11:00 a.m.

Guests who book a room within the group block will receive complimentary high speed internet in their guest room.

To cancel a reservation, you must notify the hotel before midnight (11:59 p.m.) prior to scheduled arrival and obtain a cancellation number to avoid a penalty equal to one night’s stay plus tax.

If you have any trouble obtaining the group rate, please contact Alina Martin, Leidos, Inc. (EPA contractor) at martinali@leidos.com.


There are several transportation options available at a cost from the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport Transportation options.


Inquiries about the workshop or lodging s can be directed to Alina Martin of Leidos, Inc. (EPA contractor) at (571) 244-1582 or martinali@leidos.com.


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