Presentation 1—EPA’s Online Drinking Water Training System (Presented by Ed Moriarty, EPA’s OW). This presentation will highlight EPA’s Online Drinking Water Training System, which is an online self-paced training system that provides an overview of the national primary drinking water regulations. This online training system is available to anyone interested in learning about drinking water regulations. Participants using the online system create an account to track customized curriculum.
Presentation 2—Water Operator Hiring and Contracting Guide (Presented by Matt Reed, EPA’s OW). This presentation will highlight EPA’s recently released Water Operator Hiring and Contracting Guide. Helping to overcome the workforce challenges of small and/or rural systems, this document can help communities identify and recruit qualified personnel to meet their workforce needs. The document also offers information on the importance of a licensed/certified operator, roles and responsibilities of decision-makers and operators, questions for interviewing potential operators and other critical resources.
Presentation 3—Consumer Confidence Reports iWriter (CCR iWriter) Tool (Presented by Sarah Bradbury, EPA’s OW). This presentation will highlight EPA’s iWriter tool, which is designed to help water suppliers quickly create their CCRs according to the requirements for report content, format, and distribution given in the CCR Rule [40 CFR part 141 Subpart O]. This application takes users through all the sections of a consumer confidence report using a friendly graphical interface, converts lab results into CCR units, allows users to insert and edit EPA’s recommended educational and mandatory text and customize report text for specific situations.
About the Presenters:
Ed Moriarty (Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Ed is an environmental protection specialist in EPA’s Office of Water, Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water (OGWDW) and Team Lead for the Effective Rule Implementation Team. Since joining the OGWDW over seventeen years ago, Ed has been involved in implementation and training of drinking water regulations from rule development through final roll out. Prior to joining the EPA, Ed accumulated over seventeen years of professional, technical, and policy experience as an environmental chemist, manager, inspector, and senior technical consultant in support of EPA’s RCRA, Superfund, Enforcement and Compliance, and Drinking Water programs.
Matt works as EPA’s National Operator Certification Coordinator and also performs reviews of state Public Water System Supervision programs. He started his environmental career in the U.S. Coast Guard as a marine science technician, and later joined EPA in Region 9 as an enforcement officer in the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act Enforcement Office, investigating and assisting in the prosecution of many hazardous waste violators throughout the Region. Matt then left the U.S. to work with the Diplomatic Security Service in Germany for three years. Upon his return, Matt began working in EPA’s Office of Water, drinking water protection program.
Sarah is a physical scientist with EPA’s Drinking Water Protection Division in the Office of Wter, Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water. She is currently working on implementation of the Consumer Confidence Rule and the Public Notice Rule rules. In her ten years of experience, Sarah has had the opportunity to work on a variety of water resource topics, including total maximum daily loads, water quality sampling, and source water protection. Sarah has a B.S. in oceanography from the University of Michigan and an M.S.E.S. in water resources and an M.P.A. in environmental policy and natural resource management from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs.