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ASDWA Annual Conference: 2020
Monday, October 26th through Thursday, October 29, 2020

Download the 2020 ASDWA Annual Conference Agenda

Please register for all sessions you wish to attend.
All sessions are listed in Eastern Time.

Pandemic Impacts
MONDAY, October 26 (Open to the Public)

11:00-12:20 ET   Water Sector Response
The Water Sector (EPA, states, water systems, etc.) has implemented a variety of strategies to adapt to the ongoing pandemic and each strategy has its own inherent challenges.

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1:00-2:30 ET       States Adapting to Change: The Human Factor

From remote learning and virtual inspections to managing a socially distanced workforce, state drinking water programs are adapting to a new way of doing business to keep their staff and the communities they serve safe.

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3:30-5:00 ET       States Adapting to Change: Systems and Processes

States will discuss approaches to water quality in buildings and schools that are reoccupying after a prolonged shutdown, pandemic effects to seasonal systems, and addressing long-term compliance issues in the face of COVID-19.

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Lead and Copper Rule Revisions
TUESDAY, October 27 (States & EPA Only)

11:00-12:30 ET   Opening Session and Keynote (States & EPA Only)

The ongoing pandemic does not stop regulatory deadlines, and EPA’s Office of Water (OW) and Office of Groundwater and Drinking Water (OGWDW) continue to meet the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) mandates and take steps forward in the SDWA regulatory development process

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1:30-2:30 ET       States LCRR Overview and EPA Strategy for Implementation (States & EPA Only)

With a final Lead and Copper Rule Revisions (LCRR) expected before the ASDWA Annual Conference, this session will provide EPA the opportunity to give an overview of the final rule to state co-regulators and discuss implementation plans and potential challenges.

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3:30-4:30 ET       LCRR Early Implementation Issues (States & EPA Only)

The final Lead and Copper Rule Revisions (LCRR) are expected to have several early implementation provisions, including lead service line inventories and replacement plans, updated lead and copper monitoring plans and preparation for testing in schools and child care facilities. States will discuss approaches and concerns with these activities with other states and EPA. Register now: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7233431221803991565

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State Experiences
WEDNESDAY, October 28 (States & EPA Only)

11:00-12:30 ET   State Experiences: PFAS Regulatory Implementation (States & EPA Only)

What can we learn from some states as they move forward with developing and implementing their own state PFAS drinking water standards? Likely a lot, as states will share their experiences on how they are addressing monitoring, treatment, and compliance without a federal PFAS regulation.

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1:30-2:30 ET       State Experiences: Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) (States & EPA Only)

Warm weather and nutrients continue to provide the right mix of conditions for HABs to create challenges for states and water systems to appropriately manage the HABs and to communicate with the public about the potential risks from HABs.

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3:30-4:30 ET       State Experiences: Manganese and Other Emerging Contaminants (States & EPA Only)

Manganese is one of a handful of emerging contaminants that continue to be on the “regulatory radar screen” – which one has the potential to become a regulation at some point in the future?

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Roundtable Discussions
THURSDAY, October 29 (States & EPA Only)

11:00-12:00 ET   State and EPA Discussion: OECA National Compliance Initiative (NCI) (States & EPA Only)

How can the number of health-based violations be reduced while maintaining the balance between state implementation and EPA oversight through the new drinking water NCI?

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1:00-2:00 ET       State and EPA Discussion: Safe Drinking Water Information System (SDWIS) (States & EPA Only)

How can an updated drinking water data management system be developed in a timely manner that best meets the needs of both states and EPA?

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3:00-4:30 ET       Facilitated States-Only Discussion (by invitation only)