Area-Wide Optimization Program (AWOP)
AWOP is a national program sponsored by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and established at the state level by participating state regulatory agencies including the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals/Office of Public Health (LDHH/OPH). The goal of the program is to optimize particle removal and minimize disinfection by-product (DBP) formation at existing surface water treatment plants (SWTPs) in order to achieve higher quality finished water and maximize public health protection. Through Comprehensive Performance Evaluations (CPEs), the ability of a SWTP to optimize can be evaluated by a team of OPH specialists. In addition to CPEs, optimization training for plant staff is offered through AWOP's Performance-Based Training (PBT) events. A Surface Water Treatment Plant is considered optimized if it meets the AWOP Performance Criteria Goals.
For over 13 years, OPH has recognized that optimizing the performance of Louisiana's SWTPs (which serve approximately 2-million people in the state) is an important safeguard that should be pursued to protect public health to the greatest extent possible. The LA AWOP Team consists of Engineers and Sanitarians from each of OPH's Central, Regional, and District offices. These team members continue to receive training from USEPA, Process Applications, Inc. (PAI), and the University of Cincinnati in order to properly conduct CPEs and PBTs.
Downloadable Software and Files
This section contains some useful Optimization Tools as well as the latest Surface Water System Optimization Ranking.