EPA Seeks Abstracts for Drinking Water Workshop

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in partnership with the Association of State Drinking Water Administrators (ASDWA), is holding the 17th annual EPA Drinking Water Workshop at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington, Kentucky (1 W. Rivercenter Blvd.) on September 1-3, 2020. They are accepting proposals submitted through the workshop website by March 26, 2020. Proposals will be reviewed, and notifications will be sent by April 23, 2020.

The theme this year is “Addressing Challenges and Solutions for Small Systems.” It will provide in-depth information and training on various solutions and strategies for handling small drinking water system challenges, including:

  • Technical presentation sessions
  • Ask the experts and poster session
  • Breakout focus groups and in-depth training sessions
  • Models and tools demonstrations
  • Networking opportunities

The technical sessions of the workshop will include “Monitoring and Distribution” and “Source and Treatment” topics, such as service lines and premise plumbing, infrastructure repair and replacement, contaminants of emerging concern (including PFAS and algal toxins), inorganics, rule implementation, risk management and communication, pathogens and biofilms, disinfection residuals and byproducts, field investigations, and others. The in-depth training typically includes sessions on treatment optimization and control strategies.

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 governments, academics, design engineers, technical assistance providers, and consultants.

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Cincinnati Marriott at River Center on a first-come, first-served basis. The cutoff date for reservations within the group room block is August 10, 2020.

Registration is free and is available at the workshop website.

For those unable to attend the workshop, multiple sessions will be broadcast live as part of EPA’s Small Systems Monthly Webinar Series.

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