The Water Environment and Reuse Foundation (WE&RF), based in Alexandria, Virginia, recently won two grants from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) totaling more $2.7 million for water research projects.
“EPA has done extensive research on green infrastructure, water reuse, and water conservation to help ensure the availability and quality of water in the United States,” EPA Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Shawn M. Garvin said. “These grants will help take this work a step further by developing technologies that communities can use nationwide.”
The funding includes a $1.95 million grant that will enable communities to better select stormwater runoff control measures through new tools. This service will help municipalities around the country that are struggling to stay in compliance with regulatory requirements while constrained by aging water infrastructure systems.
The $750,000 will go towards a second grant to benefit the Potomac watershed through water reuse and water conservation. Specifically, WE&RF, in partnership with multiple universities, will conduct research on emerging contaminants and best management practices that can be employed to counter them.
“The Water Environment & Reuse Foundation is excited to continue our partnership with EPA to provide the science for next generation technology to meet our growing demand for clean water,” WE&RF CEO Melissa Meeker said.