Industry Training

DWWM Industry Training 2020

EPA Compliance Advisories

  • Clean Water Agencies Increasing Attention to Significant Non-Compliance Dischargers

    This NCI is intended to ensure that all NPDES permittees—not just industrial contributors—are complying with their permits. NPDES permittees, regardless of facility size or type, will see an increase by EPA and its state and tribal partners in identifying and addressing SNC violations using enforcement and other compliance tools. This NCI aims to cut significant non-compliance in half and to ensure that the most serious SNC violations are timely and appropriately addressed. Increased compliance will improve surface water quality and reduce potential impacts on drinking water.

  • FF-NPDES SNC Advisory Summary

    This advisory is intended to notify federal facilities with NPDES permits about an EPA-State enforcement and compliance initiative focused on improving permit compliance and to help permittees with compliance problems achieve or maintain compliance.

  • Final SNC Compliance Advisory Tips Small Mechanical WWTP Summary

    This advisory is directed to owners and operators of small publicly owned wastewater treatment works (POTWs) and small private wastewater treatment plants, both commonly referred to as wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs). It is intended to provide small WWTPs with information that will help them comply with their National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit effluent limits.

  • Compliance Tips for Small Wastewater Treatment Lagoons with Clean Water Act Discharge Permits

    This advisory is written to assist owners and operators of small publicly and privately owned lagoon wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) to comply with the law. This advisory provides extensive information on the causes of, and potential solutions to, lagoon WWTP noncompliance. While this advisory focuses on operational issues affecting small lagoon WWTPs, another frequently identified noncompliance concern at small lagoon WWTPs is the failure of owners and operators to submit required discharge monitoring reports (DMRs) or the submittal of incomplete or inaccurate DMRs.

EPA Technical Assistance Webinar Series


EPA's Office of Compliance invites you to a free monthly webinar series focused on improving CWA-NPDES permit compliance at Small Wastewater Treatment Systems. This webinar series supports the joint EPA and Authorized State Significant Noncompliance (SNC) Rate Reduction National Compliance Initiative (NCI), which is aimed at improving surface water quality and reducing potential impacts on drinking water by assuring that all Clean Water Act (CWA) – National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NDPES) permittees are complying with their wastewater discharge permits. The most common dischargers in significant noncompliance are wastewater treatment systems discharging less than one million gallons per day.

All registered attendees receive a follow-up email from GoToWebinar 24 hours after the conclusion of the webinar including a link to download a certificate of attendance. Attendees may check with their relevant state certification authority for eligibility of continuing education credits. Please note that Certificates of Completion are NOT issued for viewing past recorded webinars.


For additional webinar info, contact Laura Paradise or Peter Bahor within the EPA's Office of Compliance.

Upcoming and Recent Webinars

Creating the Water Workforce of the Future: Retaining a Strong and Resilient Utility Workforce

As we all know, the water utility sector faces real challenges – not only to recruit a strong and resilient workforce but also to retain and cultivate these individuals once they are on board. Past webinars in this series have focused on ways in which utilities are using innovative strategies to attract workers. This webinar will focus on what happens next. You’ll hear from two leading utilities that are ensuring their employees have the right training, career progression opportunities, and other incentives to help them succeed and advance in their careers at the utility, not just in their current job.


Date: May 4, 2022 1:00-2:30pm EST
Duration: 90 Minutes
Presenter: Jim Horne, US EPA

Transitioning from Permit Compliance to Wastewater Excellence

In this 90-minute webinar, the speaker will discuss low-cost opportunities for improving nutrient removal generally exist but often aren’t implemented for various reasons. Operators, utility managers, regulators and design engineers are invited to join the speaker in overcoming these barriers and exploring opportunities for optimizing nutrient removal in wastewater treatment plants.

Among the strategies for implementing operational solutions to be discussed are the following:

  1. embracing “wastewater excellence” as a management strategy as contrasted to traditional, conservative “permit compliance”
  2. exploring well-intended regulatory policies and procedures that discourage operators from making operational changes
  3. finding funds for “pennies on the dollar” operational improvements

A facilitated discussion of the opportunities and barriers to implementation will be led by the speaker. Participants will be encouraged to comment and ask questions throughout the webinar.


Date: April 28 2022 1:00-2:30pm EST
Duration: 90 Minutes
Presenter: Grant Weaver, PE, President Grant Tech, Inc

Optimizing Nutrient Removal in Activated Sludge Wastewater Treatment Plants

In this 90-minute webinar, the speaker will share case studies: activated sludge wastewater treatment plants that are operated differently than designed to achieve notable reductions in effluent nitrogen and phosphorus. And explain how listeners might modify day-to-day operations at their activated sludge WWTPs to realize similar improvements. Among the case studies will be activated sludge facilities in Palmer, Massachusetts; Conrad, Montana; and Parsons, Kansas. Participants will be encouraged to comment and ask questions throughout the webinar. The case studies will be preceded by a brief overview of biological nitrogen removal and biological phosphorus removal science and technology.


Date: March 31, 2022 1:00-2:30pm EST
Duration: 90 Minutes
Presenter: Grant Weaver, PE, President Grant Tech, Inc