2011 National AWOP Meeting

The Association of State Drinking Water Administrators (ASDWA) and the Technical Support Center in EPA’s Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water are sponsoring the fourth National Area-Wide Optimization Program (AWOP) Meeting on July 19 & 20, 2011.  The meeting will again be held in Cincinnati, OH at the Hilton Netherland Plaza.  This conference follows other very successful National AWOP Meetings that began in 2005.

The meeting is designed to provide existing AWOP States and Regions with an opportunity to meet and network with other AWOP participants that are not in their region and also provide a forum for discussing national AWOP priorities and technical topics.  This year’s theme is “Implementing Strategic Knowledge”.  The conference will allow attendees to hear how others are implementing strategic knowledge in their programs and take back new strategic knowledge to their own states or regions.

About 60 participants are expected for this year’s meeting.  This includes representatives from existing AWOP states, regions, TSC and EPA Headquarters.  Other states with an interest in AWOP are also expected to attend to become more familiar with AWOP tools and practices.   The conference will also include our neighbors north of the border as Canadian representatives come to learn how AWOP operates and whether it could be used in their country.  We will also have on the agenda a water system operator that can relate first-hand experience of the benefits of AWOP.

The following topics are being included for presentation and discussion during the meeting:

  • Direction for the AWOP Program
  • State and Regional AWOP Reports
  • ASDWA Web Page and Communications Tools
  • AWOP Impacts
  • Data Integrity
  • Distribution System Optimization
  • AWOP Integration
  • DBP Implementation

These topics will be addressed through a mixture of presentations, workshops, and panel discussions.  The meeting is not just presentations and workshops.  A popular feature of past meetings is returning – the “Resource Table”.  States, regions, and TSC will bring tools they have developed or other special initiatives they have developed to share with other attendees during the breaks and before and after the formal sessions.  In this way more strategic knowledge is passed from one member of the AWOP community to another.

As was the case for the previous AWOP National Meetings, ASDWA has been able to provide travel support to many state attendees.  This has assured that all the active AWOP states can participate and bring back something from the meeting to their state.  We are looking forward to a great National Meeting this year and already thinking about 2013.

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