Best Management Practices for POTW Compliance: Critical Elements of Successful Wastewater Treatment - Part 2
During Part 2, Mr. Albright walked us through topics related to program management and implementation, guided by the importance of a holistic asset management approach. Then Heather Himmelberger provided examples from her broad experience helping plant operators implement asset management programs. Topics include: creating and implementing effective SOPs; managing your WWTP to promote compliance; and finding technical assistance programs and resources.
Date of Recording: September 15, 2020 (1-2:30 pm Eastern)
- Jake Albright is an Environmental Scientist at PG Environmental with 14 years of experience in environmental science, engineering, and compliance focusing on the Clean Water Act and NPDES program. As an environmental scientist, Mr. Albright has conducted hundreds of municipal and industrial wastewater facility, collection system, and operational evaluations, as well as provided technical compliance assistance to dischargers, presented at compliance-focused trainings for EPA and state agencies, and participated in research studies of new and emerging wastewater technologies. He has also worked with communities providing technical assistance for the development and implementation of asset management programs, including baseline asset condition and workforce evaluations through procurement and implementation of maintenance management tools and tracking systems (e.g., CMMS).
Mr. Albright currently leads PG’s team of water and wastewater compliance and enforcement professionals who conduct CWA and SDWA compliance evaluations, technical assistance, and regulatory enforcement activities across the country for clients such as EPA, Department of Justice, and various other federal and state agencies.
- Heather Hemmilberger is a registered professional engineer with 30 years of experience. She has a BS in Environmental Engineering from Penn State University, an MS in Environmental Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and is pursuing a PhD in Civil Engineering at the University of New Mexico. She has been the Director of the Southwest Environmental Finance Center (formerly the New Mexico EFC) since 1996. Heather has worked in all areas of water and wastewater over her career, including design, operations, troubleshooting, training and technical assistance. While Heather works in all areas of capacity development, her primary focus for the last 13 years has been asset management, including the related topics of energy efficiency and water efficiency (water loss auditing and non-revenue water loss reduction.) Heather has delivered well over 100 trainings of this type throughout the U.S. She has also assisted utilities of all sizes with the implementation of asset management. Heather has also had the privilege of visiting all 50 states and all U.S. territories and has worked with water or wastewater utilities in almost all of them. She is a member of AWWA’s Asset Management Committee and the Subcommittee for the Asset Management Practice survey. She is also a member of the AWWA Water Loss Control Workgroup. Heather is a board member on the EPA Environmental Financial Advisory Board.