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#2167 Exemplary Source Water Program-Leading for the Future WEBINAR IEPA #8901

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Exemplary Source Water Program-Leading for the Future - Bloomington

LIVE DATE: 12/15/14
CEU TYPE: Technical

IEPA#: 8901
IDEM#: PWST15-5249

Presenter: Rick Twait, Superintendent of Water Purification Bloomington Water Treatment Plant

Rick is the Superintendent of Water Purification for the City of Bloomington, Illinois water treatment plant. Rick has overseen the City’s watershed and lake management efforts since 1994. Prior to joining the Bloomington Water Department, Rick worked at the Illinois State Water Survey Peoria Field Office.

Besides overseeing the operations at the water treatment plant and the source water protection program, Rick is responsible for the technical aspects of the City’s water supply planning and conservation efforts. He also represents the City on the board of the Mahomet Aquifer Consortium.


Summary: The purpose of any water utility is to deliver safe water, in adequate quantities, to the customers we serve. We meet that primary requirement with adequate treatment, transmission, source of supply and financial capacity. This presentation describes how source water protection can be integrated with water supply planning efforts. Using the example of the Bloomington, Illinois Water Department, this presentation will describe different types of water shortages and water supply limitations, the type of information that surface water supplies need to understand their systems and how to start your own source water program.

Bloomington uses two surface water reservoirs to supply the needs of the 80,000 people we serve. Lake Bloomington and Evergreen Lake have the same types of problems as most other reservoirs in central Illinois. The consequences of the loss of capacity to sedimentation, high nutrient levels and associated issues in the highly agricultural catchments pose challenges to both treatment and maintaining adequate supply to meet current and future demands.

Methods that are used to develop lake and watershed management plans will be described. Methods to address stream bank, channel and lakeshore erosion to reduce sedimentation and phosphorus levels, the use of constructed wetlands and stream buffer resaturation for nutrient, particularly nitrate, reduction and other methods to improve both water quality and habitat will be shown. Most important, the many long term partnerships that are necessary to successfully manage a water supply, such as The Nature Conservancy/Environmental Defense Fund/City of Bloomington’s Mackinaw Drinking Watershed project, will be described..


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