Drinking Water Quality

Monday, June 7
Learning LabLearning Laboratory
8:00 - 10:30am
Drinking Water Treatment Plant Field Trip
If you have not seen a recently built water plant, you should take this morning to visit the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority’s new state-of-the-art surface water treatment plant. This plant went into operation in 2008 to blend the polished river water with groundwater, thereby reducing the wells' naturally occurring arsenic to the lowest possible levels at the tap. You will see how the San Juan-Chama River water is diverted to a modern plant that has rapid mix coagulation/flocculation, ozone, biological filters with granular activated carbon, fluoride, and chlorine disinfection. The Utility Authority is very proactive in this arid region of the U.S. with public health protection, customer education, source water protection, environmental protection, water conservation, water reuse, and cross connection control. The plant is only 20-minute bus ride from the conference center and the tour itself will take less than two hours. See the water treatment plant website at http://www.abcwua.org/content/view/32/25/. Portions of this field trip will be outdoors, so please wear the appropriate footwear and plan for the weather by bringing items such as sunscreen, water, and a hat. Cost for the tour is $25 before May 14 and $30 after May 14. The bus will pick-up attendees from the Albuquerque Convention Center, in front of the West Building on 3rd Street at 8:00am.

Tuesday, June 8
Learning LabLearning Laboratory
8:30 - 9:20am
Invasive Species Takeover: Quagga Mussel Invasion of the Western United States
Quagga Mussels have taken over recreational waters and drinking water sources in the West in the last two years.  Their origins, the EH issues posed, and how to contain this non-native, fast growing species that’s dangerous to both bathers and workers; and can stop a drinking water intake in its tracks, will be discussed in this speed session. By attending this presentation, attendees will learn how to distinguish Quagga mussels from other mussels, list environmental health impacts to recreational waters, safety, and drinking water sources, and evaluate Quagga mussel containment and removal methods.
Leisa Cook, BS, MBA, RS, Director, Division of Environmental Health Services, Indian Health Service, Albuquerque, NM

Wednesday, June 9
Lecture HallLecture Hall
8:30 – 9:20am
Is It The Water? The Nuts and Bolts of Waterborne Illnesses and Investigations
Educational session sponsored by HealthSpace USA, Inc.
Does water really make people sick? Come find out what is considered a "food" and what is considered "water" in an illness outbreak situation. Learn what organisms are on the "Most Wanted List" of waterborne disease outbreaks, how to conduct an investigation involving a water source, and the resources that are available to assist in an investigation.
Kristin Delea, MPH, REHS, Health Scientist, Dept. of Health and Human Services, National Center for Environmental Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
Joyce Tuttle, REHS, PHM, EHS-Net Water Program Coordinator, EHS-Net Water Program, Sacramento, CA
Brenda Faw, REHS, ES, Drinking Water - Technical Support Branch, Small Water Systems Unit, California Dept. of Public Health, Sacramento, CA

9:30 – 10:20am
Hitchhikers in Our Lake!

Lake Mead National Recreation Area is a startling contrast of desert and water, mountains and canyons. However, on an unseasonably warm January day in 2007, Quagga mussels were discovered on a boat line, which was being pulled from Lake Mead.  Quagga mussels are proving to be a growing and permanent menace to fish, boaters, and the health of lakes in the west! Once they are here there's no way of getting rid of them. This presentation will cover the dynamics of the Quagga mussels reproduction rates; how they can foul sewer and water intake lines, which supply services to the Las Vegas Valley; their impact on the smaller population of zebra mussels; and what can be done (if anything) to stop the spread of these invasive mussels.
J. Shannon Swann, PhD, RS, REHP, Member ICS All Risk Team, FEMA POI Qualified, Certified Dust Control Officer, Certified Mold Remediation Specialist, Health Officer-ICS Unit Leader, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Boulder City, NV

10:30 – 11:20am
Waterborne Salmonella Outbreak in Alamosa, Colorado, March-April, 2008
Educational session sponsored by HealthSpace USA, Inc.

In March and April 2008, the city of Alamosa, Colorado experienced a waterborne outbreak of salmonella due to contamination of the public water supply. As the primary enforcement agency of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act in Colorado, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment played a central role in the outbreak discovery, response, and follow-up investigation. This session will enable attendees to understand how it was determined that the Alamosa outbreak was caused by a contaminated drinking water source, the approach taken to disinfect the Alamosa public water supply and return it to service and the most likely cause of salmonella contamination of the Alamosa water supply.
Sharon I. Williams, PE, MS (Civil and Environmental Engineering), Capacity Building Unit Manager, Safe Drinking Water Program, Colorado Dept. of Public Health and Environment, Denver, CO

1:00 – 1:50am
Investigation of Ground Water Quality Related to a Gastrointestinal Outbreak, South Bass Island, Ohio

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH), in cooperation with partners at the Ottawa County Health Department, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Ohio EPA, Ohio Department of Agriculture and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources issued a preliminary report as to the cause of a gastrointestinal illness outbreak in summer 2004. The findings have identified widespread ground water contamination as the mostly likely source of the illnesses. The presentation will describe the events that ensued, the collaborative efforts that occurred between local, state, and federal agencies to address this significant waterborne outbreak, and the resulting investigative results, recommendations and actions.
Rebecca Fugitt, Residential Water and Sewage Program, Bureau of Environmental Health, Ohio Department of Health, Columbus, OH

2:00 – 2:50am
Regionalization of Water Systems: A Sustainability Option to Create Healthy Communities

Regionalization is a formal or informal way of creating collaboration or forming partnerships. In the case of drinking water systems, regionalization is normally driven by regulations, lack of drinking water sources, and aging infrastructure among other things. Regionalization is NOT only connecting pipe. The different regionalization options and alternatives available to water systems will be discussed in this session to help communities become more sustainable and self-sufficient. The session will also enable attendees to understand and identify the situations in which regionalization can be considered as a feasible solution to protect the community’s drinking water integrity.
Olga Morales, Environmental Scientist, Rural Community Assistance Corporation, Dona Ana, NM

3:00 – 3:50am
If We Take Water Availability for Granted Now, Are We Ready for the 2020s Rude Awakening?
Educational session sponsored by NSF International
There is nothing fictional about Global Water Scarcity! The National Drought Mitigation Center estimates over a fifth of the United States is currently experiencing drought conditions. The World Health Organization indicates every continent and four out of ten people globally are directly affected. The situation is worsening due to population growth, urbanization, and increased domestic/industrial water use. By 2025, two billion people will be living in countries/regions with absolute water shortage. Through meta-analysis and an annotated bibliography this presentation will compare existing developed and developing country strategies for dealing with water scarcity, explore the misconceptions regarding water scarcity and describe and explain the components of a conceptual model and approach for dealing with global water scarcity concerns.
Adenike Bitto, MD, MPH, DrPH, CHES, FRSPH, Epidemiologist & Associate Professor of Health, East Stroudsburg University, East Stroudsburg, PA



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