The Pentair company and its foundation have awarded a $175,000 grant to the WateReuse Research Foundation, a nonprofit organization that conducts and promotes applied research on the reclamation, recycling, reuse and desalination of water. The grant will fund research projects that promote on-site water recycling systems and evaluate graywater treatments for more widespread adoption.
"Pentair and our Foundation are committed to offering the communities in which we operate the knowledge and vehicles to reuse water," said Susan Carter, manager, Pentair Foundation. "The WateReuse Research Foundation has demonstrated an expertise in water reuse and our communities' future water needs, and we're excited to collaborate with them. Providing sustainable solutions to meet the world's growing need for clean, safe water is a high priority for Pentair."
The first project, a $125,000 grant, will provide guidance for implementing water reuse in new buildings and developments to achieve sustainability goals. The project's end result, a first-of-its-kind "guidance document," will arm developers and architects with methods to implement satellite water recycling systems for new and mixed-use developments.
Pentair has also granted $50,000 to the WateReuse Research Foundation to examine graywater treatment technologies in the United States. After evaluating raw and post graywater treatment, the WateReuse Research Foundation anticipates that its research will help determine treatment reliability and success – and help assess the potential benefits of expanded treatment and use.
Both projects are under way and are expected to be completed at the end of 2010, with results available in 2011. WW