Area-Wide Optimization Program (AWOP)
An Area-Wide Optimization Program (AWOP) is a multi-state effort in which states work together to develop and implement individual state programs to optimize particle removal and disinfection capabilities of conventional surface water treatment plants in each state. AWOP is designed to assist water systems work toward optimizing their existing treatment processes in an effort to increase public health protection. While originally developed to address microbial contaminants, AWOP has expanded beyond the original tools and is an ever-changing and ever-growing program that now addresses both microbial contaminants and disinfection byproducts in surface water systems. Initial steps are also being taken to investigate how to extend the optimization concept to ground water systems.
This PDF flyer provides a high-level summary of the area-wide optimization program.
This article provides an overview of what the area-wide optimization program is about. The article “Treatment Optimization — Providing More Effective Multiple-barrier Protection,” was published in Journal AWWA, Vol. 99, No. 12 (December 2007), by the American Water Works Association. Reprinted by permission. Copyright © 2007, American Water Works Association.
This PowerPoint presentation was given at the first multi-state AWOP Meeting in Region 3. The presentation provides an overview of the AWOP process and the first steps for a new multi-state program.
This presentation describes the benefits of optimization, particularly the public health challenges associated with pathogens in drinking water, risk reduction associated with optimization, optimization goals and the basis for these goals.
The AWOP Program is broken down into 3 components or phases. Although state programs tend to move through in a progression from status to maintenance, in a mature AWOP, activities are occurring under all three components as various aspects of the program are updated and refined.