Conservation Training

Harmful Algal Blooms and Algal Toxins

May 30, 2023

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Location: Webinar

This presentation will provide an overview of technical assistance provided to the Government of El Salvador’s drinking water agency, ANDA in 2020 due to a harmful algal bloom that caused widespread taste and odor complaints in El Salvador’s capital city of San Salvador. Tom Waters, of EPA’s Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water’s Technical Support Center traveled to San Salvador in February 2020 (just before the pandemic) to conduct an initial assessment of San Salvador’s surface water treatment plant and related drinking water infrastructure, meet with ANDA representatives and operators, and provide technical assistance related to HABs. El Salvador is a U.S. trade partner as a member of the U.S. – Central America and Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR) and EPA serves as the lead U.S. government agency to provide environmental technical assistance under the agreement. The presentation will demonstrate how lessons-learned from working with U.S. utilities on drinking water treatment optimization for HABs was leveraged to assist international partners.