14th Annual EPA Drinking Water Workshop: Small Systems Challenges and Solutions
Date and TimeTuesday 08/22/2017 8:30AM EDT to Thursday 08/24/2017 2:00PM EDT
is now open for EPA's free annual workshop held in partnership with the Association of State Drinking Water Administrators (ASDWA). Attendees will be provided with in-depth information and training on various solutions and strategies for handling small drinking water system challenges. The workshop is primarily designed for state personnel responsible for drinking water regulations compliance and treatment technologies permitting; however, others may also benefit, including system owners and operators, local and tribal government personnel, academics, design engineers, technical assistance providers, and consultants. Continuing education contact hours will be offered.
- Registration and Agenda
See "Links" at the bottom of the page for the agenda
Pre-registration has closed. However, we will continue to accept registrations on a walk-in basis at the workshop. There is no registration fee to attend.
The workshop will begin on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 and will conclude on Thursday, August 24, 2017. There will be an optional optimal corrosion control treatment (OCCT) training session from 10:30 am-2:00 pm on Thursday. The speakers and group leaders are experts in their fields from EPA and other federal agencies, state and local agencies, academia, associations, and other groups. The workshop will include multiple sessions and activities:
- Opening and wrap-up sessions
- Ask the experts session
- Poster session
- Breakout groups
- Ten technical sessions, including an optional optimal corrosion control treatment (OCCT) training session
The technical sessions of the workshop include distribution systems and monitoring and treatment topics, such as challenges in the water sector, grants funding for small systems, pathogens and biofilm, premise plumbing, corrosion control, infrastructure and modeling, manganese and iron, contaminants of emerging concern, inorganics, compliance monitoring, and lead in schools and lead service line replacement.
A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza; rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis at a group rate. The group rate is $136.00 plus 17.5% tax per night. The cut-off date for reservations within the group room block is Tuesday, August 1, 2017.
For reservations we recommend booking a room online through the group reservation site. If you prefer to book a reservation by phone, call the Hilton Hotels Reservation Center at (800) 445-8667 and mention the workshop name, “14th Annual EPA Drinking Water Workshop,” in order to receive the group rate. If you have any trouble obtaining the group rate, please contact The Cadmus Group, Inc. at 14thAnnualDWWorkshop@cadmusgroup.com.
NOTE: For accurate driving directions to the Hilton, please use the following address: 418 Race Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202.
Questions regarding the workshop or lodging may be directed to Ashley Arayas of The Cadmus Group (EPA contractor) at 703-247-6155 or 14thAnnualDWWorkshop@cadmusgroup.com.
- Workshop History
To support the efforts of state and local officials to assist small systems, EPA’s Office of Research and Development (ORD) and Office of Water (OW), in cooperation with ASDWA, has held an annual workshop for the past 13 years in Cincinnati, Ohio to provide timely information on a variety of drinking water topics relevant to small systems. When the first workshop was held in 2004, it was by invitation only and was designed as an educational workshop for state field staff working with small communities to install arsenic treatment technologies.
In 2008, at the encouragement of state agencies, the workshop was open to the public, and was expanded to include multiple small drinking water system topics, including treatment technology options, infrastructure challenges and solutions, regulation implementation, compliance issues, and emerging contaminants. Past workshops have attracted close to 400 participants, with the majority being state personnel representing over 40 state drinking water programs.
- Information on Small Drinking Water Systems
In the United States, there are 151,119 operational public water systems (PWS). Of these, 97% (146,767) are considered small systems under the Safe Drinking Water Act, meaning they serve 10,000 or fewer people. Although the majority of our PWS are considered small systems, they serve the fewest number of people—approximately 27% (69,070,729) of the population (255,923,859) receiving drinking water from PWS. While many of these active small systems consistently provide safe, reliable drinking water to their customers, many face a number of challenges in their ability to achieve and maintain system sustainability. Some of these small system challenges include lack of expertise to choose, operate, and maintain systems; lack of financial resources; aging infrastructure; limited options for residual disposal; and state primacy agencies with limited resources to support the large number of small systems.
EPA's small systems research is developing tools, technologies, and approaches to help small systems provide safe drinking water now and in the future. This helps communities' lower costs and provides safe drinking water. EPA also conducts a monthly small systems webinar series, which is providing a forum for EPA to communicate directly with state personnel and other drinking water small systems professionals and allows EPA to provide training and foster collaboration and dissemination of information. This, in turn, provides state agencies with the information and resources they need to communicate the latest scientific advancements and current guidance to their small systems. The webinars are also providing EPA with invaluable information from the states on the problems that they are currently encountering in their interactions with small systems. EPA scientists and engineers can then modify their research to solve real-world small-systems problems.