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Optimizing Water Treatment Plant Performance With the Composite Correction Program (EPA/625/8-90/017) March 1990

This document summarizes the results of an ongoing project to evaluate the utility of the Composite Correction Program approach to improving the performance of drinking water treatment facilities. This approach is a logical and systematic evaluation of a water treatment facility. It is made by a team with knowledge of drinking water treatment plant design, operation, and operational trouble shooting in order to identify the unique combination of factors limiting performance. The facility's capacity, operational performance, maintenance program and administration are among the factors investigated. Once the significant elements affecting a plant's performance have been identified, a program may be initiated to address these findings and thus assist the community in using its existing major unit processes to achieve the desired finished water quality.

The results of the 13 drinking water plant evaluations done to date are summarized, as are two corrective action programs. The case studies focus on the potential for the approach to improve the performance of small systems in meeting the turbidity removal requirements of the Surface Water Treatment Rule.

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