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Area-Wide Optimization Program (AWOP)

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The Area-Wide Optimization Program (AWOP) provides tools and approaches for drinking water systems to meet water quality optimization goals and provide an increased – and sustainable – level of public health protection to their consumers. AWOP can also be utilized to provide compliance assistance through optimization – often directed towards small- and medium-sized systems. The program teaches problem solving skills to improve operations at drinking water systems rather than focusing on costly capital improvements.

The optimization goals are more stringent than the regulations; thus, states may choose to participate in AWOP realizing the many benefits the program provides. Currently four EPA regions implement multi-state (“Area Wide”) optimization programs.

Additional information is provided on the following pages:

  • Basic Information – describes components of AWOP and the water quality focus.
  • Benefits – describes the multiple benefits of participating in AWOP.
  • Participants – describes the organizations that participate in AWOP.

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