Tuesday 11:00 AM
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Room: Ruby

Don't Look: Microbial DNA in Your Distribution System

Pathogenic microbial DNA has been detection in drinking water distribution biofilms.  However, some state environmental agencies penalize exploratory research efforts by requiring as-yet-undefined emergency response procedures upon first detection, thus creating disincentive to test for DNA. Detection methods will be reviewed and compared for ease of use, detection limits, and assessment of viability and infectivity.  Next steps for potential response procedures will be discussed.             

Moderator:  Chris Ulm


Sharon Waller - Sustainable Systems LLC - Consulting

Sharon Waller is a consulting environmental engineer doing business as Sustainable Systems LLC – Consulting, which is a Woman Owned Business Enterprise (WBE) certified by the City of Chicago.  She is a licensed professional engineer in the State of Illinois specializing in assessment and planning for the drinking water industry. 
She serves on the Illinois Section committees including Water Efficiency, Distribution Systems, and Education.  She is a member of a Project Advisory Committee for Water Research Foundation and is the Vice Chair of the AWWA Water Science and Research Division (WSRD) Distribution Research Committee (DSC). 
She is a LEED accredited professional in building design and construction and a member of the Education Committee in the Illinois Chapter of US Green Building Council.  She holds a teaching certificate in post secondary education and has taught courses at Northwestern University in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.