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

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Coraopolis, PA

Pittsburgh Airport Marriott
777 Aten Road
Coraopolis, PA 15108
Phone: 412-788-8800

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

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)
   Emerging contaminants

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

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Attorneys
  • Engineers
  • Geologists/Geoscientists

Professional Engineers
     6.5 PDHs

     6.5 S Pennsylvania CLE Hours

Professional Geologists
     6.5 PDHs

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public offers 6.5 PDHs/continuing education hours to Pennsylvania professional engineers and geologists. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Pennsylvania.

The Pennsylvania CLE Board has approved this event for 6.5 Substantive 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. 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.

Tuition Costs:

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

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