WateReuse Foundation releases requests for proposals on concentrate disposal issues

The WateReuse Foundation, a non-profit research and education organization, is announcing the release of Requests for Proposals (RFPs) on a series of projects addressing the disposal of concentrate from advanced water and wastewater treatment processes.

ALEXANDRIA, VA, April 5, 2004 -- The WateReuse Foundation, a non-profit research and education organization, is announcing the release of Requests for Proposals (RFPs) on a series of projects addressing the disposal of concentrate from advanced water and wastewater treatment processes.

The four projects were developed by the Joint Water Reuse Task Force (JWRTF), a coalition of organizations committed to conducting research in the area of water reclamation and reuse.

The projects are being sponsored by the following JWRTF members: WateReuse Foundation, AwwaRF Research Foundation, Water Environment Research Foundation, and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. The projects, which will be managed by the WateReuse Foundation, are:

• Zero Liquid Discharge and Volume Minimization for Water Utility Applications (WRF-02-006a)

• Beneficial and Non-Traditional Uses of Concentrate (WRF-02-006b)

• Impacts of Membrane Process Residuals on Wastewater Treatment (WRF-02-006c)

• Investigation of Regional Solutions for Disposing of Concentrate (WRF-02-006d)

"These projects on concentrate disposal represent a significant development in the water industry's ability to address the important issue of disposing of concentrate in an economical and environmentally sound way," said Wade Miller, Executive Director of the WateReuse Foundation.

Copies of the RFPs, as well as proposal guidelines, can be downloaded from the WateReuse Foundation's website at www.WateReuse.org/Pages/rfpmain.htm. Proposals for these projects are due by June 8, 2004. All projects must include 25 percent of the total project costs as in-kind contributions. Proposals will be evaluated by an appointed project advisory committee. Awards will be based on responsiveness to the RFP, scientific and technical merit, and researcher qualifications.

The mission of the WateReuse Foundation is to conduct and promote applied research on reclamation and reuse of impaired waters. The Foundation's research advances the science of water reuse and supports communities across the United States and abroad in their efforts to create new sources of high quality water through the reclamation and reuse of impaired waters while protecting public health and the environment.

The Foundation sponsors research on all aspects of water reuse including emerging chemical contaminants, microbiological agents, treatment technologies, salinity management, public perception, economics, and marketing. The Foundation's research provides water professionals with the tools and knowledge to meet their commitment of increasing reliability and quality and provides information to the public regarding the chemical and microbiological safety of reclaimed water.

The Foundation's research program is supported by funding from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, the California State Water Resources Control Board, the Southwest Florida Water Management District, and Foundation Subscribers, which include water agencies and consulting engineering firms across the U.S.

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