Winner, 1999 Telly Bronze Award
Inspector Sylvia Taylor agrees to let a documentarian film her and ask questions while she inspects the hypochlorination facilities at a small groundwater system where the operator is concerned about a positive total coliform test. She reviews with the operator the records, the sampling plan, and field test procedures. She inspects chemical storage, dosage, and feed pump operation, checks the control system and looks for appropriate safety measures.
Created for the U.S. EPA Office of Water by the National Environmental, Safety and Health Training Association, the "Before You Begin..." series of videos are intended for training and refreshing the knowledge of state drinking water sanitary survey inspectors, just prior to an inspection. The videos in the series often also are used in public community sessions and councils to inform the public about the responsibilities and difficulties faced by local officials in maintaining their public water facilities, particularly small systems.