Water Research Foundation Celebrates 50 Years of Wastewater Treatment Research

Since 1966, the Water Research Foundation has risen to the challenge of helping companies and principalities maintain clean and reliable water supplies. In the last 50 years, the Foundation has completed more than 1,000 studies, including studies on wastewater treatment.

Water Research Foundation Research Program Areas

The Water Research Foundation works with over 1,000 subscribers in three programs: Focus Area, Emerging Opportunities, and Tailored Collaboration. Each program is designed to help subscribers complete their research within the time frame or target region.

Of the three programs areas, the Foundation spends over half of their annual budget on the Focus Area program. This segment enables subscribers to address relevant issues on a broad scale. These projects typically span several years and include a review of existing research and research needs. The biggest area covered by the Focus Area Program is wastewater treatment plans, including current research on integrating process management for drinking water and treatment options.

When it comes to the Emerging Opportunities Program, subscribers can get the research assistance they need even if the project is time-critical. Research projects that need to be completed within three to 12 months, or those whose topic includes potential effects on human health, have priority for co-funding.

The Foundation’s Tailored Collaboration Program works directly with utility subscribers. Research projects covered by this program are typically specialized to the region in which the subscriber is located. Utilities often work with the Foundation to take advantage of the independent review process provided by the Research Foundation.

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Examples of Wastewater Treatment Research Completed

There have been many successful research projects leading to innovations in water treatment. One example is how the Foundation’s research helped the Milwaukee Water Works create a new filtration and disinfestation system.

At the time, the Milwaukee Water Works had recently experienced a Cryptosporidium event resulting in an advisory for all residents to boil their water. The Water Research Foundation had been funding research on how ozone can be used to disinfect wastewater. With this information in hand, The Milwaukee Water Works was able to refit their filtration system in order to include ozone in the process.

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Water Research Foundation Celebrates 50 Years of Wastewater Treatment Research