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Water Quality in Small Community Distribution Systems. A Reference Guide for Operators

Citation:

Panguluri, S., W. M. Grayman, R. M. CLARK, R. Krishnan, L. M. GARNER, C. L. PATTERSON, AND R. HAUGHT. Water Quality in Small Community Distribution Systems. A Reference Guide for Operators. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC, EPA/600/R-08/039, 2008.

Impact/Purpose:

This reference guide will assist operators and managers of small and medium-sized public water systems.

Description:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has developed this reference guide to assist the operators and managers of small- and medium-sized public water systems. This compilation provides a comprehensive picture of the impact of the water distribution system network on distributed water quality. This reference guide provides information on the following topics: • Water supply and distribution process overview • Distribution system infrastructure • Drinking water regulations • Distribution system water quality issues • Distribution system monitoring, control and security • Operational, financial and management strategies to address distribution system water quality In addition, to make this document appeal to a diverse group of small system operators and managers, graphical elements such as pictures, tables, blue sidebars, and cartoon illustrations have been used throughout the document. Although every water distribution system is different (in terms of specific layout and operations), all water distribution systems generally have the same components and operate under similar principles and operational strategies. To illustrate solutions to some of the common issues faced by the small community distribution system operators, an example of a small water distribution network (SmallWater, USA) has been included in this document. At the end of many chapters, one or more SmallWater problem scenario(s) are presented along with some guidance on resolving these problems. Other related EPA reference guides in this area include the following: • Small Drinking Water Systems: State of the Industry and Treatment Technologies to Meet the Safe Drinking Water Act Requirements. EPA Publication Number: 600-R-07-110 • Water Distribution System Analysis: Field Studies, Modeling and Management – A Reference Guide for Utilities. EPA Publication Number: 600-R-06-028 • Small Drinking Water Systems Handbook: Guide to “Packaged” Filtration and Disinfection Technologies with Remote Monitoring and Control Tools. EPA Publication Number: 600- • C-03-041

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Water Quality in Small Community Distribution Systems. A Reference Guide for Operators

Record Details:

Record Type: DOCUMENT (PUBLISHED REPORT/USER'S GUIDE)
Product Published Date: 04/30/2008
Record Last Revised: 07/27/2011
OMB Category: Other
Record ID: 187771

Organization:

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

NATIONAL RISK MANAGEMENT RESEARCH LABORATORY

WATER SUPPLY AND WATER RESOURCES DIVISION

WATER QUALITY MANAGEMENT BRANCH