RCAP’s Distribution Guide Can Help with RTCR

RCAP is already assisting small water systems with RTCR compliance. In 2012, RCAP published Protecting Water Quality by Optimizing the Operations and Maintenance of Distribution Systems, that focuses on “…how to maintain water quality in drinking water distribution systems and treated-water storage facilities by concentrating on common problems and challenges and identifying potential improvements and solutions.”   The Guide can serve as a resource for a small system operator or can be used as part of a more formal training session.  In fact, RCAP and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment partnered last year to host a series of five-day, intensive training sessions throughout the state coupling the Guide with hands on training.

The Guide begins with the concept of multiple barriers for public health protection and a regulatory overview and then moves through main breaks, disinfection, operator roles, measuring chlorine residual, asset management and emergency planning, inspection, monitoring, and managing water in storage facilities and closes with discussions on how to recognize operational problems and the difference between routine and proactive oversight.

This Guide is particularly valuable for RTCR training in that it addresses key elements of the Rule, including the need for creative solutions for small systems, the value of effective operators in compliance, and triggered assessments of the distribution systems.  The Guide presents examples of sanitary defects which could trigger assessments, and provides instruction on both preventive maintenance and efficient response to identified defects.

To download a copy of RCAP’s guide, Protecting Water Quality by Optimizing the Operations and Maintenance of Distribution Systems, or to learn more about RCAP’s resources, please go to http://www.rcap.org/commpubs and scroll down to reach the appropriate title. For more information on this training, contact Joy Barrettjbarrett@rcap.org.


Making Those Cap Dev-Op Cert Connections

Can’t figure out how to get your small system operators to remember when to take their samples…or, for some, HOW to take those samples properly?  Wondering what else you can do to help small systems avoid generating high ETT scores?  Feeling frustrated because you just cannot seem to help some of your small systems to understand WHY it’s important for them to perform certain tasks?

Look to your peers for some good ideas.  For more than a year, a state-EPA workgroup looked at ways to take advantage of the mutual strengths that exist between state operator certification and state capacity development programs and build on them to provide a better support framework for their small systems and small system operators.  The result was a nine page document that highlighted the efforts of Rhode Island, Mississippi, and Colorado to close the gaps between systems and operators and their needs.  Capacity Development & Operator Certification Collaboration: An Essential Partnership to Promote Small System Capacity (PDF) showcases these three state efforts and features collaborative activities between the Capacity Development and Operator Certification programs to help determine gaps in operator skills and knowledge, promote operator training and improve system performance.

For additional information on state-based tools, best practices, strategies, and guidances related to operator certification, capacity development, and other small system programs, states are encouraged to log in to the ASDWA CapCert Community resource library.   If you are not yet registered for access, please contact Anthony DeRosa aderosa@asdwa.org for assistance.

Private Well Class Offers Free Webinars

Private Well Class is one of the offerings supported by the 2012 competitive grant awards from EPA to various technical assistance providers in their work with small communities.  This service is targeted to private well owners to help them better understand how to protect their water supply and water quality.  Private Well Class is supported by funds awarded to RCAP and is produced by smallwatersupply.org.

There are three no cost webinars scheduled over the next few months.  Click on the “Register” button to sign up.  Please share this opportunity with private well owners in your community.

March 27, 2013

How Your Private Well Works
2-3:30pm Eastern

April 17, 2013
Proper Care of Your Private Well
2-3:30pm Eastern

May 8, 2013
Water Quality and Your Private Well
2-3:30pm Eastern

For more information about Private Well Class, please go to http://www.privatewellclass.org/.

EPA to Host RTCR Webinar

On February 13, 2013, EPA published the Revisions to the Total Coliform Rule (RTCR) that were signed by the Administrator on December 20, 2012.  EPA will be conducting a webinar on April 10 to discuss the requirements of the RTCR.  The primary audience for the webinar will be water system operators and state and EPA drinking water program personnel.

Space is limited.  Please consider coordinating with others in your organization or location to share a space /registration.

DATE:  April 10, 2013

TIME:  1:00-3:00PM (eastern)

REGISTER:  https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/933440302

Please distribute this information to your colleagues as appropriate.