Region 10 Area-Wide Optimization Program (AWOP) Meeting

The TSC optimization team, in partnership with ASDWA, led a program implementation meeting on October 4-6, 2016 in Portland, OR. Representatives of drinking water programs from Oregon, Washington, Montana and Utah reported on ongoing AWOP implementation efforts. Program representatives from Region 8, Colorado, and Idaho also participated in the meeting remotely. A technical workshop focused on contact adsorption clarifier (CAC) optimization at the City of Seaside, OR water treatment plant. The goal of the workshop was to further identify and develop water treatment optimization strategies for CACs. Following the workshop, the group discussed optimization for harmful algal blooms, membrane treatment, and approaches for demonstrating impacts of the optimization program (Tom Waters, US EPA, TSC).

Kansas Kick-off Meeting

The TSC Optimization Team and ASDWA held a kick-off meeting with Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) drinking water program representatives in Topeka July 12-13, 2016. The purpose of the meeting was to review the Area-wide Optimization Program (AWOP) structure, activities, benefits, and participant roles/responsibilities. Based on that review, KDHE representatives decided to formally commit to the program. The meeting then focused on the details of: data management and other activities needed to adopt the program goals; informing water utilities of the state’s commitment to the program; and monitoring water treatment plant performance against optimization goals. KDHE staff explored methods of tracking plant performance within the existing state data collection activities and developed action steps to begin program implementation. The optimization team is excited to welcome the KDHE as the most recent addition to the AWOP network. (Rick Lieberman, US EPA, TSC)