NDWAC, NASEM Dec Meetings

National Drinking Water Advisory Council (NDWAC) December Meeting

In today’s Federal Register (Fed Reg_NDWAC Dec 2020 Mtg) EPA announced that the NDWAC will meet December 2, 2020 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm (ET). According to the enclosed Federal Register notice “The purpose of the meeting is to allow EPA to present an overview of Safe Drinking Water Act programs for fiscal year 2021 and to receive input from Council members.”  The virtual meeting will be open to the public.  Information on how to register for the meeting, meeting agenda and materials have not yet been posted on the NDWAC website.

Link to NDWAC Website:


Background:  The NDWAC was created under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) to “advise, consult with, and make recommendations to the EPA Administrator on matters relating to activities, functions, policies and regulations under the SDWA.”

National Academies of Science, Engineering, Medicine (NASEM) Meeting on Legionella

On December 10, 2020, from 8:00 am to 11:00 am (PT) NASEM will hold a public meeting on their report “Management of Legionella in Water Systems.”  Here is the agenda for the meeting:

  1. Introductory presentation on the Legionella report
  2. Purposes of environmental monitoring of Legionella
  3. Refining action levels for Legionella monitoring
  4. Where to monitor in complex water systems, from distribution systems to buildings
  5. Audience questions/comments

Link to register for the virtual meeting:


Link to purchase a hard copy or download a free pdf copy of the NASEM report:



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About Dan Askenaizer

Dr. Askenaizer leads WQTS’ work on regulatory compliance support for many of our water agencies clients. Dr. Askenaizer tracks water quality and treatment regulations at the Federal and State levels and provides regulatory updates to our clients. Dr. Askenaizer has strong expertise in the development of Regulatory Monitoring and Compliance Plans (RMCPs), which he has completed for a number of water agencies. He has also been working on a number of projects dealing with the development of distribution system monitoring plans and review of nitrification control strategies. Prior to joining WQTS, Dr. Askenaizer was the Water Quality Manager for the Glendale Water and Power. Under his leadership, the Water Quality Group conducted a demonstration-scale study of chlorite for nitrification control and a pilot-scale study of biological treatment for removal of nitrate. Dan has 30 years of experience working on projects dealing with regulatory, water quality and public health issues. Dan has given numerous presentations at workshops and round-tables across the country for water utilities. Dan was instrumental in developing and implementing a Mentoring Program for water staff and was involved in a Sustainable Development team.