WRF awards American Water two new water distribution research contracts

American Water announced that it has received two new research contracts from the Water Research Foundation. Both projects aim to help develop multi-year research agendas that will guide future WRF programs.

VOORHEES, NJ, July 17, 2015 -- Today, American Water (AW), the nation' largest publicly traded water and wastewater utility company, announced that it has received two new research contracts from the Water Research Foundation (WRF). Both projects aim to help develop multi-year research agendas that will guide future WRF programs.

The first project, "Defining Attributes and Demonstrating Benefits of Intelligent Distribution Systems," will examine technologies to develop smart water networks for both potable water and wastewater systems. Dave Hughes, water research manager, will be the principal investigator. The total cost is $73,559 with $35,000 in support from WRF, under project number 4614, as well as $14,886 in funding from the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF), under project number SENG4C15. AW will provide $23,673 as in-kind support.

The second project, "Research Plan for Management of Emerging Pathogens in Distribution Systems and Premise Plumbing," will examine the occurrence and control of microbes that grow in distribution systems and in the plumbing systems of buildings. Dr. Mark LeChevallier, director of Innovation & Environmental Stewardship, will be the principal investigator, and Dr. Zia Bukhari, senior research scientist, and Dr. Nicholas Ashbolt, professor at the University of Alberta, will serve as co-investigators. The total cost is $93,205 with $30,000 in funding from WRF, under project number 4650, as well as $30,000 from American Water Works Association. AW will provide $33,206 as in-kind support.

Both projects will feature workshops to solicit input from industry experts including utilities, academics, consultants, government agencies, and other interested stakeholders to develop detailed research plans that will set the research agendas in these areas for years to come. The projects will be completed by the end of 2015 and will be used by WRF to guide future research funding.

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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 47 states and Ontario, Canada. For more information, visit www.amwater.com.

About the Water Research Foundation

The Water Research Foundation is an internationally recognized leader in sponsoring research that supports the water community in holistically and cooperatively managing water from all sources to meet social, environmental, and economic needs. WRF’s research provides reliable and relevant solutions to the most critical challenges facing the water community today and into the future. Founded in 1966, WRF is a 501(c)(3) non‐profit organization that has sponsored nearly 1,500 research projects valued at $500 million, and serves more than 1,000 subscribing organizations. For more information, visit www.WaterRF.org.

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