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Last fall, Ohio EPA’s Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance (DEFA), the Ohio Water Development Authority (OWDA) and Division of Surface Water (DSW) launched a Package Plant Initiative to assist small activated sludge process wastewater treatment plants (WWTP) with regulatory compliance.

Participants in the program receive activated sludge process control training, basic process control testing supplies and equipment, operator contact hours and optional membership in an operator’s forum. There is no fee for program materials.

More than 30 plant operators located in Northwest Ohio attended the initial training. It was well-received by attendees. This spring, the next session will focus on Southwest Ohio. More training will soon be offered in Northeast, Southeast and Central Ohio.

As part of the initiative, Ohio EPA is also offering a tool lending library that includes centrifuges and dissolved oxygen meters. The library lends operators equipment from the Ohio EPA district offices on a check-out basis. These tools are valuable to assist operators in implementing their process control methods. The tool library will become available at each Ohio EPA district office after the training has been held in that region.

For more information about this Initiative, please email Jon Bernstein or call (614) 644-3715.

“I would like to thank you for the training course you offered in Fremont, Ohio regarding package plant systems. The technical workshop was very well presented and the field visits were just as helpful. It was possibly the best hands-on training I've attended in 25 years. Thank you for your continued support and that of the course sponsors.” - Village Administrator

“Thank you and your team for hosting this workshop and also for the operational tools. This collaboration between treatment operators and the EPA is a must to secure the future of our valuable resources.” – Village Wastewater Director