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Webinar Series: Drinking Water Basics
March 14 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
River Network is kicking off a 2-part webinar series on drinking water basics designed for those starting to work on this issue or looking for a refresher on some key components of drinking water treatment. The webinars will provide an introduction and overview of drinking water processes, policies, and protection. Drinking water crises in Flint, Detroit, Toledo, California’s Central Valley, and West Virginia highlight the need to invest in our natural and built infrastructure while also providing affordable water to all customers to ensure access to safe and healthy drinking water. To engage constructively as a community member and advocate, it is important to understand drinking water systems and policies, rules, and technologies.
March 7th 2:30-4:00 ET:
Sources of drinking water, components of a drinking water system and types of water utilities – the first webinar will cover where our drinking water comes from, the components of a drinking water system including treatment, storage and distribution as well as the different types of utilities that treat water such as community, non-community, public, private, and the range of sizes of utilities and why that matters. Registration available here.
March 14th 2:30-4:00 ET:
Drinking water quality and infrastructure – the second webinar in this series will cover the history and purpose of the Safe Drinking Water Act and how drinking water regulations and standards are established and implemented by EPA, the states and water utilities, including the issues of compliance, public health and available federal funds to address infrastructure challenges and technical assistance. Registration available here.
About the Speaker:
Maria is currently the acting division director for the Standards and Risk Management Division in the Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water. This Division is responsible for promulgating National Primary Drinking Water Regulations. Maria has extensive experience working collaboratively with states, tribes and many water sector stakeholders to implement and provide oversight of federal drinking water regulations. Prior to joining the Office of Water, Maria worked with Office of Air & Radiation certifying off road diesel engines. Prior to joining EPA, Maria worked at a 65 MGD wastewater treatment plant that serves Fairfax County, a suburb of Washington, D.C. and designed stormwater detention ponds. Maria has B.S. in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech and a M.S. in Environmental Engineering from JHU.