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WRF funds 22 new projects to advance the science of water

  • WRF funds 22 new projects to advance the science of water

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The Water Research Foundation (WRF)
The Water Research Foundation (WRF) is the leading research organization advancing the science of all water to meet the evolving needs of its subscribers and the water sector


The Water Research Foundation (WRF) will soon post Requests for Proposals (RFPs) and is seeking volunteers for 22 new research projects funded through WRF's Research Priority Program. This strategic research program enables WRF to address broadly relevant subscriber issues, challenges, and opportunities with targeted research. The project concepts have been prioritized, approved, and funded by our Board-appointed Research Advisory Council. The diverse research projects listed below will benefit all areas of the One Water cycle—drinking water, wastewater, stormwater, and recycled water – in an integrated fashion. Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for these projects will be posted in late September. Additional information on project objectives can be found here.

We encourage utilities to participate in these new research projects through the Utility Participation in Research (UPIR) Process. Utilities can serve as a test facility, provide samples, respond to surveys, loan equipment, or share staff expertise on research projects of interest. The 2022 UPIR application deadline for the funded projects is September 22.

Additionally, subject matter experts are urged to volunteer to serve on Project Advisory Committees (PACs) that will oversee each funded project. The 2022 PAC application deadline for the funded projects is July 11.

Project Title


Developing Sustainable Technologies and Assessing Innovative Treatment Options for Biosolids


State of the Science and Regulatory Acceptability for PFAS Residual Management Options


Cost-effective Approaches for Control of Multiple Constituents of Emerging Concern (CECs)


Cost-effective PFAS Mitigation Strategies for Communities


Feasibility of Full-Scale Implementation of LED UV Disinfection


Applicability of Remote Sensing Technology for Water Quality Monitoring and Ecological Assessment


Navigating One Water Planning through Municipal Water Programs: Meeting Multiple Objectives and Regulatory Challenges


Integrating Climate Change Impacts with Wet Weather Management, Capital Improvement, and Stream Network Enhancement


Preparing the Water Sector to Embrace Technology: Skillsets and Enterprise Management Approaches for the Digital Age


Feasibility and Applicability of Emerging Utility-led Innovations in Addressing Affordability


Incorporating Equity and Social Dimension into Community Climate Adaptation Planning and Watershed Management


Improved Equity and Environmental Justice in Asset Management


Integrating Wastewater-Based Epidemiology and Clinical Surveillance for Public Health Decision Making and Utility Operations


Advancing Partial Denitrification/Anammox (PdNA) Full-Scale Applications


Back to the Future: Guidance for Adaptive and Scenario Supply Planning Approaches


Fate of Microplastics in Drinking Water Treatment Plants


DE&I Best Practices for the Water Sector Workforce


Beyond Net Zero Carbon: Advancing Carbon Offset and Interdependencies through the Water-Energy-Food Nexus


Establishing Industry-Wide Guidance for Water Utility Life Cycle Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventories


Quantifying the Impact of AI/ML-Based Approaches to Utility Performance Optimization


Improved Risk Management from Condition Assessment Data


Innovative Technologies to Improve Monitoring of Assets


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