- 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)
- June 5, 2018 at 1:00 pm EDT – Online Water Quality Monitoring for Distribution Systems
This webinar will discuss design considerations for implementing and operating an online water quality monitoring system that covers a distribution system. It will focus on selection of monitoring locations, selection of parameters to monitor, and information management and analysis. Also, a case study will be presented to show how the Philadelphia Water Department has addressed various design considerations to the maximize the benefit provided by their system.Presented by Matt Umberg (U.S. EPA, Water Security Division) andRalph Rogers (Philadelphia Water Department)
- July 17, 2018 at 1:00 pm EDT – Communications Systems for Smart Utility Infrastructure
Smart utility infrastructure includes monitoring systems that collect data throughout a water distribution system, such as sensors deployed for Online Water Quality Monitoring and Enhanced Security Monitoring. To effectively use this data, it must be transmitted from remote locations to a data repository. This webinar will discuss considerations for evaluating and selecting communications systems that meet the unique requirements of smart utility infrastructure. The webinar will conclude with a case study and a look ahead at emerging technologies, such as the Internet of Things, peer-to-peer connectivity, and at the edge processing.Presented by Nelson Mix (U.S. EPA, Water Security Division) andReese Johnson (Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati)
- August 14, 2018 at 1:00 pm EDT – Analysis of Online Water Quality Data
This webinar will include two presentations. The first presentation will describe methods for conducting an exploratory analysis of historical water quality data collected from a water distribution system using online monitoring instruments. The purpose of an exploratory analysis is to characterize normal baseline conditions and identify the causes of normal changes in distribution system water quality at monitored locations. The second presentation will describe how source water constituents of concern can be estimated in near-real-time using continuous water-quality data. The basic data collection requirements and statistical methods needed to develop these relations will be discussed. Examples of this work from existing USGS studies will be presented, including the use of continuous water-quality data to estimate abundancies of cyanobacteria and associated toxins on the Kansas River. Collaborative opportunities with the USGS will be described to highlight how water-quality studies can be tailored to meet the needs of individual drinking water utilities.Presented by Steve Allgeier (U.S. EPA, Water Security Division) andJimmy Webber (USGS, VA and WV Water Science Center)
- September 11, 2018 at 1:00 pm EDT – Customer Complaint Surveillance for Detecting Drinking Water Contamination
This webinar will describe how water quality complaints from customers can be analyzed in real time to detect emerging water quality problems. It will describe 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. There will also be a discussion of procedures for investigating customer complaint surveillance alerts.Presented by Nelson Mix (U.S. EPA, Water Security Division) andTBD
- October 9, 2018 at 1:00 pm EDT – Public Health Surveillance for Detecting Drinking Water Contamination
This webinar will discuss the role that public health partners can play in detecting and responding to drinking water contamination incidents. It will provide an overview of common public health partners as well as the types of surveillance they perform. Examples of the application of public health surveillance to monitor for water contamination incidents will be presented. There will also be a discussion of procedures and roles and responsibilities during a joint water utility / public health agency investigation of possible water contamination.Presented by Steve Allgeier (U.S. EPA, Water Security Division) andTBD
- November 6, 2018 at 1:00 pm EST – Response Planning for Distribution System Contamination Incidents
This webinar will provide an overview of the response to a distribution system contamination incident and the steps utilities can take to prepare their own response procedure. It will cover roles and responsibilities when working with response partners. The webinar will also discuss possible response actions that can be implemented to minimize consequences, such as operational changes to reduce the spread of contaminated water and public notification to minimize customers’ exposure to contaminated water.Presented by Bill Platten (U.S. EPA, Water Security Division) andTBD
- December 11, 2018 at 1:00 pm EST – Preparing for Sampling and Analysis in Response to Distribution System Contamination Incidents
Sampling and analysis is one of the earliest utility-led response actions to suspected or confirmed distribution system contamination. This webinar will provide an overview of EPA tools and resources for field and laboratory response planning.Presented by Elizabeth Hedrick (U.S. EPA Water Security Division) andTBD
- 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 for practicing the response to a distribution system contamination incident. The webinar will include a demonstration of the SRS Exercise Development Toolbox software to create a simple tabletop exercise.Presented by Bill Platten (U.S. EPA, Water Security Division) andTBD
- 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. Topics covered will include project management, master planning, information management, dashboard design, and alternatives analysis. It will provide examples and lessons learned from full-scale implementation of Water Quality Surveillance and Response Systems.Presented by Steve Allgeier (U.S. EPA, Water Security Division) andTBD
- SRS Webinar Schedule (PDF)(1 pg, 137 K)