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Research on water reuse by the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) helps to address four major areas or issues of subscriber interest, viz., (i) treatment technologies and processes, (ii) detection and monitoring of microbial constituents and chemical contaminants, (iii) risk assessment and modeling, and (iv) public outreach and partnering. While water reuse issues may be of relatively lower priority to WERF subscribers in regions of the country with plentiful fresh water resources (e.g., in the Great Lakes), it is currently of greater importance or significance to arid regions or regions with impaired groundwater supplies (e.g., in Arizona, California, Florida, Texas, etc.). WERF currently has 32 completed and ongoing research projects valued at over 9 million in these three major issue areas of water reuse. This paper provides an overview of WERF, highlights from selected ongoing or recently completed projects, and potential areas for future research. Additional research needs that have been identified for the near- and long-term future by WERF subscribers, from our current research projects, and cooperative partnerships with other agencies or organizations within the U.S. and abroad are also presented.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: January 1, 2003

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