Water: Water Laboratory Alliance (WLA)
WLA Training Center
Water Laboratory Alliance Basics:
What is it? | How do I Join? | How do I Access Lab Resources?
Response Plans and Other Useful Tools and Resources
- Association of Public Health Laboratories: Previously Recorded Webinar 935-13SS Efficient and Sustainable Laboratory Operations (Available until November 28, 2014)
- WLA Response Plan (WLA-RP) Training Module (Zip) (7MB)
For assistance with accessing the module, please review the Module Access Directions (PDF) (1 pg, 23K, About PDF)
- Handling Criminal Investigation Samples:
Maintaining Chain of Custody (Part 1) (Flash) (5MB) | (Part 2) (Flash) (10MB)
Methods and Technology
- Association of Public Health Laboratories: Previously Recorded Webinar 938-13SS Improvement to Method 1623 to Detect Cryptosporidium (Available until March 25, 2014)
- Automated Ultrafiltration (UF) Device Videos
- The training can also be viewed in its entirety:
UF Parts 1 - 6
- Describe the key elements of the WLA-RP, including Water Sector best practices for emergency response
- Describe the roles that laboratories and others would have when they participate in a response to a water contamination incident
- Identify EPA Water Security tools
- Build relationships between laboratories, water utilities, and other stakeholders
Target Audience: Water utility operators/managers; laboratories; first responders; public information officers; and local, state, and federal agencies
Dates and Times:
- January 14, 2015, 1:00 PM-3:00 PM ET
- February 18, 2015, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM ET
- March 11, 2015, 1:00 PM -3:00 PM ET
- April 15, 2015, 10:00 AM 12:00 PM ET
Contact: For additional information on The Perfect Storm Tabletop Exercise webcasts, please contact the WLA Helpline at 703-818-4200, or email WLA@epa.gov.
Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) TemplateThe Continuity of Operations Plan Template is designed to provide recommendations that may be useful in preparing for events that may disrupt normal operations of drinking water and wastewater laboratories.
It is imperative that laboratories be able to continue their essential core functions when events occur that disrupt their normal operation. To ensure continuation of these essential activities, laboratories should have an effective COOP in place.
This webcast is designed as an introduction to the WLA COOP Template, and will:
- Explain the rationale for developing the COOP Template
- Provide a basic overview of the contents in the COOP Template
- Demonstrate how to use the COOP Template fillable form
- Highlight the value of the COOP Template to laboratories
Target Audience: Laboratories
Dates and Times:
Contact: For additional information on COOP Template webcast please contact the WLA Helpline at 703-818-4200, or email WLA@epa.gov.
Water Contaminant Information Tool (WCIT) Training
- Learn what WCIT is,
- Who can use WCIT, and
- How WCIT can be used to prepare for and respond to water contamination incidents.
Prerequisite: A WCIT account. Both new WCIT users and existing users needing a refresher are encouraged to take the course. Learn more about WCIT and apply for access.
Target Audience: Water utility operators or managers; laboratories; first responders; public information officers; and local, state, and federal agencies.
Dates and Times:
- Tuesday, February 17, 2015, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET
- Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET
- Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET
- Tuesday, April 7, 2015, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET
- Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET
- Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET
- Tuesday, May 19, 2015, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET
- Tuesday, June 9, 2015, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET
- Tuesday, June, 30, 2015, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET
Contact: For additional information on the WCIT trainings, please contact WLA@epa.gov.