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WEB2248 - Lead in Schools Testing and Mitigation


The webinar should be of interest to school maintenance and custodial staff and water utility personnel involved in the testing of lead in schools. As a reminder all schools pre-K through 5th grade are required to test for lead every water fixture in their facilities that are utilized for cooking and drinking by the end of 2017.

This webinar will cover the testing protocols and mitigation strategies developed by the IDPH and sent to all schools last Spring. It will also address common mistakes or questions related to data submission and recommendations regarding the development of a Water Quality Management Plans.

WEB2215 - Hazardous Material Communication


The Safety and Emergency Planning Committee of the Illinois Section of AWWA has developed a series of webinars to aid Municipalities in developing and/or maintaining their own safety programs. These webinars will provide basic information for individuals to expand to be Municipality specific in order to meet regulatory requirements. Hazardous Material Communication or otherwise known as “Right to Know” is the next topic in the series.

Employees have the right to know what hazards and chemicals are in your workplace. Employers must provide employees with effective information and training concerning hazardous chemicals in their work areas at the time of the initial assignment and whenever a new chemical hazard is introduced in the work area. The information and training must be specific to the kinds of hazards in the workplace in and the particular protective equipment, control measures, and procedures that are necessary.

This webinar will review: OSHA standard 29 CFR 1910.1200; outline the requirements of establishing a written program, new requirements of the Global Harmonized System (GHS), and employee training.

Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback

WEB2214 - Radium Handling Safety


In 2011, IEMA adopted an exemption from the radioactive material licensing requirements for those facilities in possession or producing water treatment residuals. The current exemption provided regulatory relief to facilities from the licensing and low‐level radioactive waste requirements, while ensuring disposal of radioactive waste did not adversely impact farmland and disposal facilities (i.e., it provided relief from undue financial burdens, while being protective of public health and safety and the environment).

Through working with facilities and the review of data collected, IEMA has identified drinking water treatment facilities that inadvertently concentrate radium in their backwash at higher concentrations than anticipated. This activity has resulted in many facilities possessing residuals over 200 picocuries per gram (pCi/g) of combined radium, and absent any training, monitoring, and proper protective measures has created a worker exposure pathway. This webinar will provided recommended guidance on mitigating worker exposure to radioactive material at these facilities.

WEB2213 - Arc Flash & Electrical Safety


The Safety and Emergency Planning Committee of the Illinois Section of AWWA has developed a series of webinars to aid Municipalities in developing and/or maintaining their own safety programs. These webinars will provide basic information for individuals to expand to be Municipality specific in order to meet regulatory requirements. Arc Flash & Electrical Safety is the next topic in the series.

Arc flash is a violent phenomenon where a flashover of an electric current leaves its intended path through the air from one conductor to another, or to the ground. Without proper training or PPE, serious injury or death can occur when an arc flash occurs.

This webinar will review: OSHA standard 29 CFR 1910.331 through 1910.335 and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 70E; outline the requirements of establishing a written program; performing and arc hazard analysis, types of electrical hazards; arc flash warning labels; proper personal protective equipment, and employee training.

Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback.

WEB2210 - Inflow and Infiltration on Private Property


For Illinois communities with separate sanitary sewer systems, inflow and infiltration (I/I) is a term most Public Works employees know all too well. When this I/I leads to elected officials hearing the words “basement backup” after severe rain events, it brings an even greater importance to the need to identify, quantify, and remove the excess I/I that is causing problems in the community.

Over the years, the identification of public sector defects in sewer mains and manholes has often been completed along with the rehabilitation of this infrastructure. However, attention to private sector defects has typically been lacking. One of the major components of a private property program is the private property plumbing inspection. This presentation will discuss key issues to consider when beginning to implement a private property inspection program.

  • Updating your Ordinance: It is important to confirm that the community has the authority to inspect private property and to address any illicit connections that may be found.
  • Planning and Conducting the Inspections: Perhaps the most important part of a successful private property inspection program is to have a strong public relations plan in place prior to conducting inspections. Once this is in place, knowing what to look for, how to find it, and how to document the findings is imperative. Determining the focus areas for inspection can be completed by flow monitoring, building age/construction review, and by night flow isolations; each of which will be addressed.
  • Once an area has been identified, a successful private property inspection program will look for defects both outside and inside the home, including cleanout defects, connected downspouts and window well drains, sump pumps, combination sump pumps, diverter valves, and more. In addition, the use of technology in assisting with these inspections will be addressed, including online appointment scheduling, paperless data collection, GIS mapping, etc.
  • Quantifying the Data: Once the inspections are complete, it is important to quantify the flow being contributed from the illicit connections identified. Comparing this data to flow meter data for a basin will help to understand the benefit that will be realized by disconnecting flows. This is an often overlooked step in the process that can really help sell a disconnection program to elected officials and justify the time and expenses.
  • Removing the flow: The final step of the process, determining how to remove the connections found, who will make the repairs, and who will pay for the repairs will be discussed in this section

WEB2208 - Legionella: An Emerging Source & Drinking Water Problem


Legionnaires’ disease and Pontiac fever, caused by inhalation of Legionella bacteria in fine water droplets, is an increasing problem around the world. This webinar will share what water managers and operators should know about this problem, and what they can do about it.

WEB2207 - Water Utility Council (WUC) Update on Amendments to SB550


No further description for this webinar.

WEB2206 - How a Multi-Year, Proactive Leak Detection Survey Assisted Decatur, IL


The City of Decatur, located in Central Illinois, has a 530 mile water distribution system that serves both Decatur and the neighboring Village of Mount Zion with a combined population of 82,000. It also serves a large industrial base with about 75% of its water going to industrial and commercial customers including large grain processors and heavy manufacturers. Like most utilities, they desired to continue providing high quality drinking water while simultaneously reducing operating costs. A few years ago, their 17% apparent water loss inspired Decatur to conduct a system-wide leak detection survey.

A proactive and properly designed leak detection study can help reduce losses at a time when many water utilities are focused on reducing operating expenses to meet lower usage and revenue. Reducing water loss saves water production costs and improves the quality of services to customers.

WEB2201 - Nitrate and Nitrite in Drinking Water


Naturally available nutrients in soil may not be sufficient when the land is used to provide large amounts of food for a growing population. Additional nutrient sources, i.e. manufactured fertilizer, must be provided. Nitrogen provided in fertilizers for crops if not absorbed readily by plants may migrate through the soil and into ground water and streams as nitrate where it can become a health concern. The source of high nitrate is not limited to agricultural practices. Septic systems and cultivation of lawns, parks, and golf courses in urban and suburban areas also contribute to the problem.


This document is intended to survey the sources and significance of nitrate and nitrite in drinking water and the analytical methods and equipment available for measurement. Examples from stream monitoring data will be provided to illustrate the extent of nitrate content variation in water supplies.

WEB2199 - Waste Water Lagoons


Wastewater lagoons: 45 minute presentation covering process control and microbiology in lagoon systems.

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