USEPA to develop drinking water treatability database

The EPA Office of Research and Development is funding a five year, $2 million research project led by environmental consultants Malcolm Pirnie Inc. to develop a comprehensive Drinking Water Treatability Database (TDB). The database will house information regarding the effectiveness of nearly 30 treatment technologies for the removal of up to 250 regulated and emerging contaminants...

CINCINNATI, OH, Oct. 10, 2005 -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) Office of Research and Development is funding a five year, $2 million research project led by environmental consultants Malcolm Pirnie Inc. to develop a comprehensive Drinking Water Treatability Database (TDB). The database will house information regarding the effectiveness of nearly 30 treatment technologies for the removal of up to 250 regulated and emerging contaminants.

According to Pirnie vice president Doug Owen, the TDB is a great step forward in making environmental knowledge available to the public. "A centralized database that includes peer-reviewed information on the effectiveness of various treatment technologies for removing drinking water contaminants will enhance our professions ability to improve drinking water quality and achieve regulatory compliance."

This project recognizes water utilities need for a single source of information on available technologies to make use of the best fit, most cost-effective tools to ensure regulatory compliance. Under the direction of USEPAs scientists in Cincinnati, Malcolm Pirnie will identify and develop data requirements to assure the TDB provides maximum benefit to the drinking water industry. This includes the review of thousands of sources of treatability data to determine the effectiveness of various technologies for the removal of priority and emerging contaminants. Research efforts are anticipated to begin immediately with the database being released to the public by the mid-2007.

Malcolm Pirnie Inc. (www.pirnie.com), a century-old environmental consulting firm, provides governmental and industrial clients with comprehensive services in water and wastewater engineering, solid and hazardous waste management, environmental sciences and, through its Red Oak Consulting Division, management and IT consulting. With a diversified staff of over 1,500 engineers, scientists and consultants in 50+ offices nationwide, Pirnie has won over 100 professional awards for project excellence.

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