What is AWOP?

The Area Wide Optimization Program (AWOP) is a program designed to achieve optimized performance at surface water plants. AWOP is a voluntary approach that allows water systems to improve water quality beyond regulatory levels to enhance public health protection with minimal capital cost. Since 2014, the Public Drinking Water Branch – Permit and Engineering Section has been an active participant in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPAs) AWOP. Recently, AWOP has expanded the optimization program into the area of disinfection byproducts. AWOP provides tools to help water systems meet optimization goals that are more stringent than regulations.  

Recent Activities

  • EPA/MDNR Disinfection Byproduct baseline sampling event June-August 2019
  • Mosby MO Disinfection Byproduct distribution system case study March 2020

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