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National Academies Announce December Meeting on Legionella

November 9, 2020      Drinking Water Headlines     

The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine’s Water Science and Technology Board is hosting a public meeting on management of Legionella in water systems. More information and registration is available here. Management of Legionella in Water Systems | The National Academies Press

The meeting will be held virtually on December 10th and will provide an opportunity for discussion of the 2020 NASEM report, Management of Legionella in Water Systems. Topics to be discussed during the meeting include:

  • Pros and cons of monitoring for Legionella species vs. Legionella pneumophila
  • Making action levels and thresholds more operational and specific to different exposure routes, to different water system types, and to different locations within complex water systems
  • What method(s) should be used, and how would the 50,000 CFU/mL threshold be recalculated for molecular methods
  • Collaborative national survey of Legionella

ASDWA and GWPC Host Central States Source Water Protection Meeting with NRCS and EPA

November 6, 2020      Drinking Water Headlines, Source Water     

On November 5, ASDWA and GWPC hosted a virtual Source Water Coordination meeting with State Source Water Protection Coordinators, NRCS Regional and State Conservationists, and EPA Headquarters and Regions in the NRCS Central Region. Approximately 76 people attended the meeting that included representatives from all programs in all twelve states. The purpose of the meeting was to strengthen partnerships for source water protection, and discuss how NRCS and state programs are working together to share GIS data and target NRCS conservation program funding for implementing projects and practices that advance source water protection.

Sal Salinas, the Central NRCS Regional Conservationist opened the meeting by sharing opportunities for state and utility partners to participate in and share information with the NRCS State Technical Advisory Committees, source water protection subcommittees (if the state has one), and the local workgroups hosted by the soil and water conservation districts. Speakers from the state source water protection and NRCS programs in Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Nebraska also provided brief presentations about their coordination efforts during the meeting.

It was great to see that different states and program partners were making connections through the discussion and in the chat for opportunities to learn from each other. Some general themes that arose from the presentations and discussions included:

  • Source water protection coordination efforts are particularly focused on row crops and ground water in the region.
  • Developing advanced GIS mapping for wellhead protection areas and conducting water quality and quantity monitoring is very helpful for addressing nitrate, pesticides, and water depletion impacts.
  • Many states are working with their water utilities, state Rural Water Associations, and other partners to prioritize and implement projects.
  • NRCS landowner outreach, ranking tools, and increased payments help to increase landowner participation in conservation programs.

For more information about the meeting and opportunities to work with NRCS, view the agenda here, and visit ASDWA’s source water web page.

Minnesota Releases Conceptual Plan for 3M PFAS Settlement

November 5, 2020      Drinking Water Headlines     

The State of Minnesota has released its Conceptual Drinking Water Supply Plan to spend $700 million from the 3M PFAS settlement to address contamination in the Twin Cities East Metropolitan Area. The plan includes three recommended options for the 14 impacted communities to ensure they have safe and sustainable drinking water into the future. The three recommendations propose different options for treatment thresholds and funding timelines to build new water systems, upgrade and install filtration systems, and pay for operation and maintenance for public water supplies and private wells. The state is taking public comments through December 10th to provide input on selecting the final option for the plan. For more information, visit the Minnesota website.

WQRF Releases Contaminant Occurrence Map

November 5, 2020      Drinking Water Headlines     

The Water Quality Research Foundation has released its new Contaminant Occurrence Map, which provides data in the United States for regulated drinking water contaminants that have an enforceable level (MCL or Action Level) above the health-based goal level (MCLG) and aesthetic contaminants.

This map pulls data from 46 state regulatory agencies, EPA’s Fourth Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule (UCMR4) and the federal Safe Drinking Water Information System (SDWIS). The data was collected over the last 10 years for 57 different drinking water analytes. For more information and to access the interactive map, click here.

Register for the Next SDWIS State Training: Compliance Determinations

November 4, 2020      Data Management, Events, SDWIS Prime, Webinars     

Following up on our last event’s success, ASDWA and EPA are hosting another SDWIS State User Training on Wednesday November 18, 2020, from 1-4 PM ET. This training will focus on compliance determinations in SDWIS, including deep dives into managing non-TCR sample schedules, FANLs/MDBP summaries, and compliance schedules. There is no fee to attend.

SDWIS State Training Day: Compliance Determinations
Nov 18, 2020 1:00 – 4:00 PM EST



Questions? Please contact Anthony DeRosa of ASDWA. Webinar on Essential Resources for Primacy Staff

November 4, 2020      Drinking Water Headlines, Operator Certification, Webinars is hosting this free webinar to help primacy agency staff understand how to use the website to make day-to-day work easier as well as ensure new materials and events reach the intended audience. New or newer staff may especially find the webinar valuable as a selection of the most helpful resources on the web for water and wastewater system professionals and those who serve them will be shared. For more information about this year’s webinar series, visit the website.

DATE: Tuesday, November 10

TIME: 2:00-3:30 pm (Eastern)

REGISTER: Click here

Don’t Forget to Register for ASDWA’s Webinar with the Water Research Foundation

November 3, 2020      Drinking Water Headlines, Webinars     

Don’t forget to register for ASDWA’s webinar with the Water Research Foundation (WRF) entitled, “Overview of Current Research and Innovation at the WRF.” During the webinar, Dr. Christobel Ferguson, WRF’s Chief Innovation Officer, will present an overview of the current and recently completed WRF research projects providing relevant information for state drinking water programs on:

  • Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)
  • Lead and Copper management
  • Harmful algal blooms (HABs)
  • Disinfection byproducts (DBPs)
  • Premise plumbing and
  • Innovation in the water sector.

DATE: Thursday, November 19

TIME: 1:00-2:30 pm (Eastern)

REGISTER: Click here


Dr. Christobel Ferguson has a Biomedical Science degree and a Master of Science from the University of Technology Sydney and a PhD from the University of New South Wales. Christobel worked as a Microbiologist in the water, environment, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals sectors for Sydney Water, Burns Philp, Reckitt and Colman, Tecra Diagnostics and Sydney Catchment Authority.

She has experience as a Project Director and Project Manager leading a water science consulting team for Ecowise Environmental, ALS Water Resources and GHD. She spent several years managing a portfolio of Research and Development projects for water utilities, addressing emerging issues of concern and developing new methods, products and technologies.

More recently her focus has been the management of interdisciplinary technical teams to solve complex problems in water information, policy and planning for NSW government. Her vision is to bring research and technology innovations to the water sector to achieve sustainable and productive outcomes from the management of natural resources. Christobel was a Director of the Australian Water Association from 2005 to 2009 and recently joined The Water Research Foundation as their Chief Innovation Officer.

RCAP Webinar on Water Utility Collaboration

November 3, 2020      Drinking Water Headlines, Small Systems, Webinars     

The Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) is holding a webinar entitled, “Systems Helping Systems: A Conversation on Utility Collaboration.” During the webinar, RCAP staff will share stories from working in the field with communities on water system collaboration and showcase some tools and resources related to water system collaboration.

DATE:              Tuesday, Nov 17

TIME:             2:00 pm (Eastern)

REGISTER:    Click here


Upcoming EPA Webinar on Water System Partnerships Handbook

November 2, 2020      Drinking Water Headlines     

EPA is hosting an upcoming rollout webinar for the Water System Partnerships Handbook. The purpose of the Handbook is to provide practical, sequential guidance to state and regional drinking water programs in identifying water systems that would benefit from partnerships, assessing the feasibility of these partnerships, and engaging public water systems in partnership discussions.

While partnerships can be beneficial for all water systems, partnerships are especially useful in helping small and mid-size public water systems (PWSs) address their unique challenges in providing safe and reliable drinking water and establishing technical, managerial, and financial capacity.

DATE:              Wednesday, Nov 18

TIME:              12:30-2:00 pm (Eastern)

REGISTER:    Click here

Upcoming EPA Webinar: AWIA and Creating Resilient Water Utilities

November 2, 2020      Drinking Water Headlines     

EPA is hosting an upcoming webinar discussing America’s Water Infrastructure Act (AWIA) Risk and Resilience Assessment and Emergency Response Plan requirements and their Creating Resilient Water Utilities (CRWU) initiative. This webinar will provide information on the tools and resources to assist utilities in the development of a Risk and Resilience Assessment and Emergency Response Plan in accordance with AWIA. Information will also be provided on how to certify completion of Risk and Resilience Assessments and Emergency Response Plans by the applicable deadlines.

Related to the CRWU, EPA will be providing an overview of the initiative, which provides water utilities with tools, training, and technical assistance to increase resilience to extreme weather events.

For more information click here.

DATE:             Tuesday, Nov 17

TIME:             2:00-3:30 pm (Eastern)

REGISTER:   Click here

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