- Online Water Quality Monitoring,
- Enhanced Security Monitoring,
- Customer Complaint Surveillance,
- Public Health Surveillance,
- Sampling and Analysis, and
- Consequence Management.
These one-hour webinars are designed to introduce participants to resources that utilities can use to improve their ability to detect and respond to water quality problems, including contamination incidents. Most webinars will also include case studies demonstrating real world implementation of SRSs.
Attendees can request documentation for continuing education credits when registering for each webinar. Documentation will be provided after completion of the webinar .
Note: Continuing education credit acceptance is contingent on state and/or organization requirements. EPA cannot guarantee acceptance.
Schedule and Registration (Subject to Change)
- December 11, 2018 at 1:00 pm EST – Preparing for Sampling and Analysis in Response to Distribution System Contamination Incidents
This webinar will provide an overview of capabilities necessary for field and laboratory response to a possible drinking water contamination incident. It will include a discussion of priority contaminants, analytical methods, emergency response sampling kits, and field testing equipment. Lessons learned from utility implementation of emergency response sampling and analysis capabilities will also be presented.Presented by Jeremy Bishop (Jacobs) and Gary Burlingame (Philadelphia Water Department)
- January 8, 2019 at 1:00 pm EST – Exercising Procedures for Responding to Contamination Incidents
This webinar will focus on the development of training and exercises to plan and prepare for responding to a distribution system contamination incident. The webinar will include utility experiences designing and conducting exercises. .Presented by Tom Bahun (Maine Rural Water Association), Gary Burlingame (Philadelphia Water Department), and BIll Platten (U.S. EPA, Water Security Division)
- February 12, 2019 at 1:00 pm EST – Designing an Integrated Water Quality Surveillance and Response System
The final webinar in this series will provide an overview of system-level design principles for a Water Quality Surveillance and Response System. A new tool will be featured, which is designed to help water utilities assess their existing surveillance and response capabilities and identify potential enhancements. The webinar will also discuss project management, master planning, information management, dashboard design, and alternatives analysis. Additionally, examples and lessons learned from full-scale implementation of Water Quality Surveillance and Response Systems will be provided.Presented by Steve Allgeier (U.S. EPA, Water Security Division) andMatt Umberg (U.S. EPA, Water Security Division)
- Risk of Drinking Water Contamination and Actions to Prepare (March 20, 2018)
This webinar describes the risk of drinking water contamination, including case studies of contamination incidents that have occurred in recent years. It introduces the design of a Water Quality Surveillance and Response System, which is an integrated approach to real-time monitoring of multiple datastreams with the potential to detect a wide range of water quality problems, and a response framework to effectively manage problems that are detected.Presented by Steve Allgeier (U.S. EPA, Water Security Division)
- Online Water Quality Monitoring for Source Waters (April 10, 2018)
This webinar discusses online water quality monitoring systems for source water. It covers design considerations including, selection of monitoring locations, selection of parameters to monitor, and information management and analysis. Also, a case study is presented to show how West Virginia American Water has addressed various design considerations to maximize the effectiveness of their system.Presented by Matt Umberg (U.S. EPA, Water Security Division) andJennifer Heymann (American Water)
- Enhanced Security Monitoring (May 8, 2018)
This webinar discusses design considerations for enhancing the security at water distribution system facilities that are at risk of intentional contamination. Topics covered include methods to prioritize facilities for security enhancements, intrusion detection, video monitoring, and commissioning best practices. The webinar also discusses the potential role of advanced metering infrastructure in distribution system security.Presented by Nelson Mix (U.S. EPA, Water Security Division) andArmond Gauthier & Steven Frew (East Bay Municipal Utility District)
- Online Water Quality Monitoring for Distribution Systems (June 5, 2018)
This webinar discusses design considerations for implementing and operating an online water quality monitoring system that covers a distribution system. It covers the selection of monitoring locations and parameters, as well as information management and data analysis. A case study is presented to show how the Philadelphia Water Department has addressed various design considerations to maximize the benefit provided by online water quality monitoring in their distribution system.Presented by Matt Umberg (U.S. EPA, Water Security Division) andRalph Rogers (Philadelphia Water Department)
- Communications Systems for Smart Utility Infrastructure (July 17, 2018)
This webinar discusses the communication needs of smart utility infrastructure including monitoring systems that collect data throughout a water distribution system, such as sensors deployed for Online Water Quality Monitoring and Enhanced Security Monitoring. It describes considerations for designing, evaluating and selecting communications systems that meet the unique requirements of smart utility infrastructure. An application of smart infrastructure is presented through a wastewater utility case study of wet weather flow management. The webinar concludes with a look ahead at emerging technologies, such as the Internet of Things.Presented by Nelson Mix (U.S. EPA, Water Security Division) andReese Johnson (Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati)
- Analysis of Online Water Quality Data (August 14, 2018)
This webinar describes methods for conducting an exploratory analysis of historical water quality data collected from a water distribution system using online monitoring instruments. It also describes how source water constituents of concern can be estimated in near-real-time using continuous water-quality data. Examples of this work from existing USGS studies are presented, including the use of continuous water-quality data to estimate abundancies of cyanobacteria and associated toxins on the Kansas River.Presented by Steve Allgeier (U.S. EPA, Water Security Division) andJimmy Webber (USGS, VA and WV Water Science Center)
- Customer Complaint Surveillance for Detecting Drinking Water Contamination (September 11, 2018)
This webinar describes how water quality complaints from customers can be analyzed in real time to detect emerging water quality problems. It describes methods and tools that can be used to analyze historical data to set thresholds that minimize the frequency of invalid alerts without compromising detection capabilities. Additionally, a case study of the use of social media monitoring during an emergency is presented.Presented by Nelson Mix (U.S. EPA, Water Security Division) andFranchesca Thompson (District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority)
- Response Planning for Distribution System Contamination Incidents (November 6, 2018)
Webinar Recording Coming SoonPresented by Bill Platten (U.S. EPA, Water Security Division) andScott Bradway (Portland Water Bureau)
- SRS Webinar Schedule (PDF)(1 pg, 137 K)