Water Contamination Incidents and Response Guidance
January 21, 2015, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. MTN
The most significant Emergency Preparedness & Security incidents to occur in the US in the past year have been two contamination events. In Charleston, West Virginia (Jan 2014), an accidental industrial spill contaminated the Elk River and, subsequently, the West Virginia American Water Company distribution system, leaving 300,000 people without water for drinking, showering, or cooking for more than a week. In Toledo, Ohio (August 2014), an algal bloom in Lake Erie resulted in the release of cyanobacterial toxins that resulted in 500,000 people losing the use of their drinking water supply for several days. The purpose of this webinar is to study these two incidents, and then review the US Environmental Protection Agency’s official guidance on response to drinking water contamination events.
Professional Certification Meets Water Field Challenges
February 4, 2015, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. MTN
Built on a common body of knowledge, compatibility with apprenticeship and educational programs, universal standardized examinations, and industry-developed standards, Professional Operator (PO) certification/designation contributes to the recruitment of qualified personnel to safeguard the future of public health and environmental protection systems while increasing public visibility of those earning PO certification. By highlighting the considerable knowledge, experience, and skills required to meet Certification Commission for Environmental Professionals (C2EP) standards, PO certification firmly establishes water and wastewater operators as professionals and vanguards of environmental protection, public health, and safety. Operators earning this industry-first designation signify their commitment to the profession and expertise in the industry, thereby boosting not only their professional stature as operators but the credibility and public reputation of the organizations they represent. This webinar will lay out a road map to earning the PO designation and highlight the valuable resources that accompany it.
Solutions to External Corrosion on Buried Mains
February 11, 2015, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. MTN
This webinar will provide the viewer with a basic understanding of common corrosion mechanisms and also presents several real-world projects that have demonstrated how cathodic protection can economically extend the service life of both new and existing buried water utility infrastructure.
Corrosion of various forms of buried cast iron, ductile iron, and steel piping is a serious problem to municipal water utilities. However, infrastructure asset management tools combined with cathodic protection can significantly reduce the number of premature breaks caused by corrosion. Properly designed, installed, and maintained cathodic protection systems can add years of additional service life to both new and existing water transmission and distribution mains.