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Presenter: Lori A. Burkert, P.G., M.S.

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Fort Washington, PA

Hilton Garden Inn Fort Washington
530 W. Pennsylvania Avenue
Fort Washington, PA 19034
Phone: 215-646-4637

This seminar is closed or full.


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

Public Water Supply Systems: An Introduction

   What is a public water system?
      • Public vs. private
      • Community vs. non-community
      • Transient vs. non-transient
   Basic objectives: quantity and quality
      • Calculating demand: domestic flows and fire suppression
      • Typical sources of raw water
   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)
   Alphabet soup: 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
      • Recent rule-making (PA, NJ, MD, DE)
   Emerging contaminants
   Group survey: public notification requirements

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
   Distribution storage
      • System mapping (GIS/CAD)
      • 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
   Results/discussion of group survey on public notification requirements
   Emergency response planning
   Lessons from Flint, Michigan

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Engineers
  • Geologists/Geoscientists

Professional Engineers
     6.5 PDHs

Professional Geologists
     6.5 PDHs

Pennsylvania Attorneys
     6.5 CLE Hours

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and provides 6.5 PDHs to professional engineers and geologists in Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania State Board of Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists does not pre-approve continuing education actives.

Professional engineers and geologists seeking continuing education credit in other states will be able to claim the hours earned at this seminar, in most cases. Refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility.

The Pennsylvania CLE Board has approved this event for 6.5 CLE hours for attorneys.

Attendance will be monitored and attendance certificates will be available after the seminar for most individuals who complete the entire event. Attendance certificates not available at the seminar will be mailed to participants within fifteen business days.


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. Entech serves utilities, government, commercial, manufacturing, and higher education organizations. The company offers civil, environmental, MEP, structural and architectural services, helping clients to make more informed decisions to achieve their goals.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $289.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $289.00
Group Prices
3 or more People: $269.00

Each registration includes one copy of a manual prepared by the seminar speakers.