Skip to content

Update from US EPA: Upcoming FREE EPA webinars and a workshop

Upcoming FREE EPA webinars and a workshop


I believe I shared this information previously, but wanted to send a reminder.

For the Black Sky workshop in Virginia is September, there is still time to register and room to attend.


Below are the most recent EPA Water Security Division resilience opportunities available to drinking water and wastewater utilities.

Free Water Security Webinars:


Puerto Rico Water and Sewer Authority’s Response to Hurricane Maria (August 8, 2018, 1:00 PM ET)

On August 8, Eli Diaz-Atienza, President of Puerto Rico’s Water and Sewer Authority (PRASA) will describe how the utility was impacted by the loss of power caused by Hurricane Maria. At its peak, PRASA was utilizing 1,610 generators at its 114 drinking water plants, 51 wastewater plants, and pump stations. This presentation will discuss some of the challenges with operating, maintaining, and fueling the generators. It will also summarize some of the lessons learned and plans for increasing its resilience. Register:


Analysis of Online Water Quality Data (August 14, 2018, 1:00 PM EDT)

The first half of this presentation will describe methods for conducting an exploratory analysis of historical water quality data collected from a water distribution system using online monitoring instruments. The second half of the presentation will describe how source water constituents of concern can be estimated in near-real-time using continuous water-quality data. The basic data collection requirements and statistical methods needed to develop these relations will be discussed. Examples of this work from existing USGS studies will be presented, including the use of continuous water-quality data to estimate abundancies of cyanobacteria and associated toxins on the Kansas River. Register for this webinar at:


Customer Complaint Surveillance for Detecting Drinking Water Contamination (September 11, 2018, 1:00 PM EDT)

This webinar will describe how water quality complaints from customers can be analyzed in real time to detect emerging water quality problems. It will describe methods and tools that can be used to analyze historical data to set thresholds that minimize the frequency of invalid alerts without compromising detection capabilities. Please circulate the attached webinar flyer to help us advertise this learning opportunity. Register for this webinar at:


Water Sector Power and Black Sky Resilience Summit (September 19, 2018 in Herndon, VA)

EPA is hosting a one-day Water Sector Power and Black Sky Resilience Summit to discuss and advance the water sector’s preparedness for a long duration, widespread power outage. There will be presentations and discussions on black sky threats, generators, alternative power options (e.g., combined heat and power, solar), critical interdependencies, and communications. The focus will be on some of the challenges and potential solutions to a long duration power outage.  The target audience is drinking water and wastewater utilities, water and energy associations, electric utilities, and local, state, and federal government agencies.  Register at:


Patti Kay Wisniewski

Drinking Water Security Coordinator


Drinking Water Branch (3WP21)

1650 Arch Street

Phila, PA  19103



Cell: 215-514-7893


(note the hyphen appears in email only)

  • PA-AWWA Recognizes Our Gold Sponsors

    Partnership for Safe Water


  • Public Notification Providers

Find us on Facebook
Back to Top