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Registration: 8:00 - 8:30 am
Morning Session: 8:30 - 11:45 am
Lunch (On your own): 11:45 am - 12:45 pm
Afternoon Session: 12:45 - 4:30 pm
Introduction to Public Water Supply Systems
What is a public water system?
• Public vs. private
• Community, non-community, transient, non-transient
• Bottled, vended, bulk, consecutive
Quantity and quality objectives
Major infrastructure: source, transmission, treatment, pumping, distribution, storage, services
Small group activity: developing a water supply master plan
Federal and State Regulatory Framework
Federal Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA)
Review of federal rule-making
• The Surface Water Treatment Rule (SWTR)
• The Groundwater Rule (GWR)
• Distribution-related rules (DRR, DBP, LCR, TCR)
• Chemical contaminants (arsenic, LCR, radionuclides)
State drinking water programs and recent rule-making (PA, OH, WV, MD)
Sources and Treatment
Water sources: quantity, quality, and reliability
Surface water treatment processes
Groundwater treatment processes
Permitting, compliance and reporting
Case studies: water supply for multiple client types and sizes
Transmission, Distribution, and Storage
Design constraints: flow, pressure, water age
Distribution system and storage
• System mapping (GIS/CAD) and hydraulic modeling
• Water loss and leak management
• Water quality, compliance and reporting
Small group activity: water quality in distribution systems
Emergency Preparedness and Response
Common failure mechanisms
Emergency response planning
Lori A. Burkert, P.G., M.S.
Project Manager / GIS Manager at Entech Engineering, Inc.
Mrs. Burkert is a professional geologist with 18 years of experience in water resources, water supply and wastewater systems. Her expertise includes source water investigation and protection, geographic information systems (GIS) mapping, water distribution system operations and maintenance, wastewater inflow and infiltration control programs, water quality, data management, regulatory compliance, field inspection and site work, and environmental consulting.
Ms. Burkert previously worked for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection as a public water supply inspector. She received a B.S. degree from Elizabethtown College in Environmental Science, and an M.S. degree from Lehigh University in Earth and Environmental Science, with a focus in (geo)chemistry.
She served as the President of the Pennsylvania state chapter of the American Water Resources Association (PA-AWRA) in 2017 and 2018.
Entech Engineering is a full service engineering firm with six office locations throughout Pennsylvania. We serve utilities, government, commercial, manufacturing, and higher education organizations. Entech offers civil, environmental, MEP, structural and architectural services, helping our clients make more informed decisions to achieve their goals.