AWOP Planning Meeting Update – Region 4 March 2011

One of the key components of the area-wide optimization program (AWOP) is the routine planning meetings held between participating state program personnel, EPA, ASDWA, and the contractor, Process Applications, Inc.  These meetings are part of the strategic implementation process used to sustain the AWOP partnerships and activities (e.g., the network).  The meetings accomplish multiple objectives including:  sharing ideas, agreeing on direction and priorities, providing multi-state support and encouragement to improve program performance, sharing techni­cal and management information and approaches and overall sustaining the AWOP human infrastructure.

Region 4 Planning Meeting – Decatur, Georgia – March 22 – 23, 2011

Region 4 AWOP planning group consisting of Alabama, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Region 4, and EPA/PAI/ASDWA met in Decatur, Georgia in March 2011.  Additional participants from North Carolina and EPA TSC attended the meeting via teleconference.  Georgia was not able to attend the meeting due to financial and workload challenges.  A presentation and workshop was held on the first day to introduce and solicit feedback on the revised State AWOP Self Assessment.  Feedback on the content of the new self assessment was provided by the workshop participants.  In general the states felt that the self assessment had been enhanced.  A joint presentation on the approach and outcome of the second DBP PBT pilot program in KY was presented by TSC and KY.  The presentations established the much revised approach to the DBP PBT materials and demonstrated improved performance at multiple KY utilities.  KY is pursuing a DBP PBT on their own with an additional six facilities following the successful completion of the pilot.  The state presented their annual AWOP reports which continued to demonstrate the positive impacts on plant performance, cost savings, training benefits and increased professionalism provided by AWOP participation and implementation.  A broad range of topics was discussed during the planning meeting demonstrating the maturity of the Region 4 AWOP.  All of the states are pursing the construction of hydrant samplers and have plans in various stages of development to transfer representative distribution sampling to their constituents.  The next meeting will be held in Tallahassee, FL on November 29 – 30, 2011.  The technical topic to be discussed will be the tank mixing spreadsheet supplemented by case histories from EPA and/or various utility examples provide by the participating states.

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