Free Training on Emergency Response to Contamination of Wastewater Systems
When: Tuesday, June 24 - Wednesday, June 25
Where: Washington, DC - Ronald Reagan Building
Who: Small, Medium, and Large Wastewater Utility Staff and Management
- Pretreatment Coordinators - State Wastewater Primacy Agency Personnel - Public Health Officials - Government & Nongovernment Workers with a role in Emergency Response - Environmental Trainers and Consultants
This two-day course is offered by the Texas A&M Engineering Extension
via a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. This is the
only time this training is scheduled to be offered in your region, EPA Region 3 (District of Columbia, DE, MD, PA, VA, WV). Registration and a Course Agenda and Flyer are available at: http://www.teex.org/WWRPTB
Why: This workshop will introduce participants to the Wastewater Response Protocol Toolbox (Toolbox), a new guidance tool being released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Toolbox addresses planning for and responding to incidents of intentional and accidental contamination of wastewater systems. This workshop is a combination of facilitated discussion (Day 1) and extended classroom activity (Day 2). The discussion portion is designed to introduce and explain the concepts of the Toolbox. During the classroom activity, a simple tabletop exercise is conducted to simulate the actions that participants would take during a real incident. The participants are divided into functional groups based upon their real life job responsibilities. These groups are then given a wastewater incident to respond to, with information provided as the mock incident unfolds in real time. The groups communicate by radio and work to respond to the incident in a manner consistent with the Toolbox. Participants are expected to participate in both days of the training.
Reserve your spot today at:
For additional information contact:
EPA Office of Water
Water Security Division
There is a "Nutrient General Permit Reporting" workshop scheduled for July 23, 2008 from 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM at the DEQ Piedmont Regional Office in Glen Allen, Virginia and for August 28, 2008 from 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM at the DEQ Northern Virginia Regional Office in Woodbridge, Virginia.
The program will include discussions of general recordkeeping requirements and the various reporting requirements established in the Nutrient General Permit.
The program will also include hands on exercises in performing required calculations and completing the Nutrient General Permit monthly discharge monitoring report (DMR) and Annual Report Form.
Managers and responsible charge operators with responsibility for complying with the requirements of the treatment system's Nutrient General Permit will find this program helpful.
There is no registration fee for this special workshop; However, persons wishing to attend are asked to register to ensure sufficient materials and space are available.
A registration form can be found on the DEQ operator training website under the "whats new" section.(www.deq.virginia.gov/tptp/homepage.html)
Space is limited so send your registration forms in as soon as possible.
For additional information contact Jason Spicer (804-698-4143) or Wayne Staples (804-698-4106.
Check Up Program for Small Water/Wastewater Systems (CUPSS)
EPA is rolling out an important management tool for small drinking water and wastewater systems called the Check Up Program for Small Systems (CUPSS). This user-friendly computer-based program assists owners and operators in developing and using plans for maintaining their systems and providing service to their customers.
The program uses information provided on the system’s assets, operation and maintenance activities and financial status to produce a prioritized asset inventory, financial reports and a customized asset management plan. Asset management programs support informed budget discussions, boost efficiency of the utility, and improve customer service by ensuring clean and safe water at competitive prices.
CUPSS was developed by the Office of Water as part of the agency’s Sustainable Infrastructure Initiative. The effort received input from a large stakeholder workgroup, including representatives from several states, the National Rural Water Association, the Rural Community Assistance Partnership, and Environmental Finance Centers.
The CUPSS program and all supporting materials are available for immediate download. Kits including the material will also be available in May.
For more information on CUPSS, including program downloads and ordering information, visit http://www.epa.gov/cupss.
EPA’s newly updated web site for small public water systems is available at http://www.epa.gov/safewater/smallsystems.
Nutrient General Permit Reporting Workshop (Update)
This email is being sent to clarify that the DEQ Operator Training Program will be conducting similar workshops on "Nutrient General Permit Reporting" at the DEQ Regional Offices this Fall. A workshop schedule will be sent out once the dates have been determined.
For further information, please contact Jason Spicer (804)698-4143.