February 4, 2020

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Shira Colsky to Present on Impacted Groundwater and Regulatory Requirements at the International Symposium on Potable Reuse

Shira Colsky, P.E. (Georgia) will present a poster entitled "Impacted Groundwater as a Source of Drinking Water: Design, Permitting and Regulatory Requirements" at the American Water Works Association's (AWWA's) Potable Reuse Symposium at the W Atlanta Downtown in Atlanta, Georgia at 5:00 p.m. on February 10, 2020.

Shira's coauthors are Geosyntec's Maria Vishnevskiy, P.E. (Kansas); Kirk Craig, P.E., (Colorado and Arizona); and Jennifer Nyman, Ph.D., P.E. (California). Additionally, Geosyntec is sponsoring the symposium.

Shira is a Process and Remedial Design Engineer based in Georgia with experience in the fields of environmental, civil, and chemical engineering. Her focus areas include project management, modeling water distribution systems, process design and optimization, remedial technology selection, engineering calculations, data analysis and visualization, fieldwork, and reporting. She manages groundwater remediation at complex hazardous waste sites in Georgia and South Carolina.

AWWA is an international, nonprofit, scientific and educational society dedicated to providing total water solutions assuring the effective management of water. Founded in 1881, the Association is the largest organization of water supply professionals in the world. AWWA also helped establish two preeminent organizations dedicated to safe water, the Water Research Foundation in 1966 and Water For People in 1991. AWWA unites the diverse water community to advance public health, safety, the economy, and the environment.

Poster Description

In drought-stricken areas in the United States, including many areas in the Midwest and Southwest, and especially where populations are predicted to continue to increase significantly for decades to come, the scarcity of available drinking water is an ever-growing threat. Today in many groundwater basins, heavy fees are imposed on impacted groundwater that is extracted and not used as drinking water or restored and reinjected into the aquifer. This poster will present the design and permitting considerations associated with groundwater extraction and treatment systems (GETS) in California that will serve as valuable new potable water supplies that will decrease the region's reliance on imported water in addition to cleaning up impacted groundwater. Due to the geographic location and system end uses, numerous local, state and federal permitting requirements are associated with the system design, construction and operation including permitting under the California Division of Drinking Water's 97-005 Policy. The extensive 97-005 permitting process is required due to the end-use of the GETS as potable water. 

This presentation will also discuss related considerations regarding the status of water reuse in other states and how we can apply lessons learned from the water reuse systems and associated policy implemented by California.

More Information

About the event: https://www.awwa.org/Events-Education/potable-reuse#8163252-program
About AWWA: https://www.awwa.org/About-Us
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