Safe DW Workshops, Microplastics

Safe Drinking Water Plan Workshops

Last week, the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) posted for public comment the draft update of the Safe Drinking Water Plan (Plan).

Enclosed (notice_2020_sdwp_wrkshps) please find SWRCB’s announcement of three public workshops on the draft Plan.  SWRCB will hold public workshops on the draft Plan on March 17th (9:30 am), March 19th (1:30 pm) and March 23rd (1:30 pm).

The workshops can be viewed at

Public comments are due by noon, April 23, 2021.

Additional information is available from the SWRCB’s calendar of 2021 deadlines at the following link:

Microplastics Public Hearing

On March 2, 2021 at 1:30 pm, the California State Assembly Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials will hold a public hearing on microplastics (“Microplastics in Our Water and Environment: Understanding a Growing Pollution Source”).

Link for additional information and the link to view the public hearing:

When you are at the site above, click on the link “show details” to find additional information.

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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.