WateReuse Research Foundation awards research grant to American Water
The WateReuse Research Foundation has awarded a research grant to American Water to investigate human pathogens removal through various types of wastewater treatment processes.
VOORHEES, NJ, June 12, 2015 -- The WateReuse Research Foundation has awarded a research grant to American Water (NYSE: AWK), the nation's largest publicly traded water and wastewater utility company, to investigate human pathogens removal through various types of wastewater treatment processes.
The project, titled "Establishing Pathogen Log Reduction Credits for Wastewater Treatment Processes (WWTPS)," will be led by Dr. Zia Bukhari, senior environmental scientist for American Water.
"Water scarcity issues and recent technological advances have made it possible for potable reuse to be considered seriously for augmentation of fresh water supplies," said Bukhari. "However, given the variety of different treatment processes, their performance needs to be characterized to ensure appropriate downstream treatment is employed to meet future regulations and to protect public health."
The two-year study, which will cost $590,546 with funding from the WateReuse Research Foundation and American Water, is being conducted in collaboration with MWH Global and Corona Environmental Consultants, Inc. The research project team will consist of Bukhari as the principal investigator, with American Water's Dr. Mark LeChevallier, Joan Oppenheimer of MWH Global and Dr. Tim Bartrand of Corona Environmental Consultants as co-principal investigators.
About American Water
Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs approximately 6,400 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in more than 45 states and parts of Canada. For more information, visit www.amwater.com.