Participants in the Area-Wide Optimization Program (AWOP)
The Area-Wide Optimization Program (AWOP) is a unique partnership among EPA, State agencies, and supporting organizations that fosters the continued development and implementation of the program. They include:
- EPA Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water, Standards and Risk Management Division, Technical Support Center (TSC) Cincinnati, OH: leads the development and implementation of AWOP activities nation-wide and helps sustain the network of participating states and water systems.
- Association of State Drinking Water Administrators (ASDWA): supports and advocates the implementation of AWOP within existing (and potential) state drinking water programs.
- EPA Regions 3, 4, 6, and 10: use AWOP to support direct implementation responsibilities, sustain the AWOP by facilitating state implementation, and support the development of new optimization approaches.
- States: as of November 2012, 22 states were implementing AWOP, facilitated by one of the four participating EPA regions.
- EPA Drinking Water Protection Division (Washington, DC): supports the integration of AWOP into Capacity Development, technical assistance programs, and regulatory implementation and compliance strategies.
The map above shows the 22 states that were participating in AWOP, as of November 2012. They are colored according to their EPA regional AWOP, with three states indicated as currently being inactive in AWOP. The participants include: Region 3 AWOP - Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and Connecticut (participates in the Region 3 AWOP since Region 1 doesn't participate); Region 4 AWOP - Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia (currently inactive in AWOP); Region 6 AWOP - Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas, Iowa (participates in the Region 6 AWOP since Region 7 doesn’t have an AWOP), and New Mexico (currently inactive); Region 10 AWOP - Alaska, Oregon, Washington, Utah (participates in the Region 10 AWOP since Region 8 doesn’t participate), and Idaho (currently inactive).
Learn more about becoming involved.