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​​​​​​​​​​​​​Technical Assistance (TA) staff are located in regional offices across the state and provide drinking water technical assistance, training, and support to public water systems.  Contact your local provider if you need assistance with chemical treatment change/addition requests, chlorination point of application change, CT calculation assistance, Alternate Staffing Plan submittal, data integrity concerns or Area Wide Optimization Program (AWOP) support.





Matt Lipps



David Messer


North Central

​Gabe Tanner


​South Central

​CJ Bailey



Shane Hardison​



Area Wide Optimization Program (AWOP)

 The Area Wide Optimization Program (AWOP), established and implemented by USEPA, is a multi-state effort that the Division of Water has participated in since 1997.  The goal of the program is to maximize public health protection by providing water systems the tools, training, and support necessary to optimize turbidity removal and reduce Disinfection By-Products (DBP) formation.  The optimization goals are more stringent than the regulations; thus, providing many benefits.  AWOP can also be utilized to provide compliance assistance through optimization.

To learn more about the program, see the AWOP Story Map.

For more information, contact your local TA provider or the AWOP Coordinator: Matt Lipps​ 502-764-1649

Additional Information: 
EPA—Optimization Program for Drinking Water Systems 
ASDWA—Area-Wide Optimization Program​​


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