Water Research Foundation Approves 11 Focus Area Projects

Topics include lead service line replacement, premise plumbing pathogens, cyanotoxins, food waste co-digestion, and more.

DENVER--()--The Water Research Foundation (WRF), a leading sponsor of innovative research supporting the water community, has approved 11 new projects to be funded in 2017 under the Focus Area Program. The Focus Area Program identifies important water industry issues and helps to resolve them with credible information from targeted, multi-year research.

The following Focus Area Projects were funded for 2017:

Project Title       Focus Area
Occurrence Survey of Bromide and Iodide in Water Supplies (#4711)       Non-Regulated DBPs

Workshop – Advancing Anaerobic Digestion of Wastewater Solids and
Food Waste for Energy and Resource Recovery: Science and Solutions (#4712)


Source Separated Organic
Feedstock Pre-Treatment

Full Lead Service Line Replacement Guidance (#4713)       Lead and copper
Intelligent Water Networks Summit (#4714)      

Intelligent water

Anticipating Trade-offs and Potential Consequences of Alternative Water
Supplies (#4715)


Integrated water

Refinement and Standardization of Cyanotoxin Analytical Techniques for
Drinking Water (#4716)


Innovative Technologies to Effectively Manage Deteriorating
Infrastructure (#4717)

Battery Storage System Guidance for Water and Wastewater Utilities (#4718)       Energy
A Biofiltration Guidance Manual for Rapid-Rate Filtration Facilities (#4719)       Biofiltration
Developing Business Cases for Food Waste Co-Digestion (#4720)      

Source Separated Organic
Feedstock Pre-Treatment

Development of Laboratory Methods for Detecting and Differentiating
Opportunistic Premise Plumbing Pathogens (OPPPs) for use in
Demonstrating their Control Technologies (#4721)

      Waterborne pathogens

Water Research Foundation subscribers are encouraged to participate by volunteering to serve as a test facility, provide water samples, respond to surveys, loan equipment, or share staff expertise on particular research projects. Participating utilities gain firsthand information about the study and benefit from working with researchers and others in the water community. Interested organizations must complete the online UPIR volunteer application form by March 10, 2017.

Additionally, subject matter experts are urged to volunteer to serve on Project Advisory Committees (PAC) that will oversee each funded project. The 2017 application deadline to serve on a PAC is March 8. Interested volunteers should complete the online PAC volunteer application form.

Requests for proposals for these projects will be available on March 15, 2017 at www.waterrf.org.

Please contact John Albert at jalbert@waterrf.org or 303.734.3413 if you have any questions about the Focus Area program or projects.

About the Water Research Foundation

The Water Research Foundation is the leading not-for-profit research cooperative that advances the science of water to protect public health and the environment. Governed by utilities, WRF plans, manages, and delivers scientifically sound research solutions on the most critical challenges facing the water community in the areas of drinking water, wastewater, stormwater, and reuse. Over the last 50 years, WRF has sponsored nearly 1,500 research projects valued at $500 million, and serves more than 1,000 subscribing organizations. For more information, go to www.WaterRF.org.


Water Research Foundation
Adam Lang, 303-347-6259


Water Research Foundation
Adam Lang, 303-347-6259