Revised Total Coliform Rule and the New Requirements in the Federal rTCR

Event Information
Product Format
Prerecorded Event
Conference Date
Tue, Apr 24, 2018
60 minutes
Product Description

Learn About the Key Provisions and Requirements of the Revised Total Coliform Rule Assessments

All public water systems (except those on transportation vessels, such as aircrafts) must comply with the Revised Total Coliform Rule (RTCR). Though this rule dates back to 2016, many public water systems are not yet in full compliance—and don’t have a full understanding of the feds’ current focus on the detection of Escherichia coli. Do you?

Total coliforms, found in sewage, play a crucial role in determining water quality (though they are typically not harmful to humans): They are used to determine the adequacy of water treatment and the integrity of a distribution system. However, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) no longer considers total coliforms a useful indicator of other pathogens for drinking water. Instead, the agency is scrutinizing E. coli, a more definitive indicator of recent fecal contamination.

Learn more about the key provisions of the RTCR and this change in focus from environmental microbiologist Michael Brodsky. In this session, he will provide background information on the rule history, compare the Current Total Coliform Rule (TCR) to the more recent revision, and enumerate the key RTCR monitoring requirements you must follow. After attending, you will be well equipped to conduct regular, compliant monitoring for microbial indicators to meet current water quality rule objectives.

Session Highlights

In this informative presentation, you will learn:

  • The background and history of federal water quality rules
  • The similarities and differences between TCR and RTCR
  • Treatment techniques for preventing exposure to waterborne pathogens
  • The concept of indicator organisms
  • Key provisions and requirements of RTCR

Who Should Attend

  • Water system operators
  • Laboratory managers
  • QA managers
  • QC analysts

Ask a question at the Q&A session following the live event and get advice unique to your situation, directly from our expert speaker.

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About Our Speaker

Michael Brodsky

Michael Brodsky has been an Environmental Microbiologist for more than 44 years. He is a Past President of the Ontario Food Protection Association, the International Association for Food Protection and AOAC International. He serves as co-Chair for the AOAC Expert Review Committee for Microbiology, as a scientific reviewer in Microbiology for the AOAC Official Methods of Analysis and the AOAC Research Institute. He is a reviewer for Standard...   More Info
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