Innovation and research for water infrastructure in the 21st century: U.S. EPA’s research plans for collection systems

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Courtesy of Water Environment Federation (WEF)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Research and Development (ORD) has long recognized the need for research and development in the area of drinking water and wastewater infrastructure. Most recently in support of the Agency’s Sustainable Water Infrastructure activities, ORD put forth a proposal for a new research and development program entitled, Innovation and Research for Water Infrastructure in the 21st Century. The purpose of this program is to generate the science and engineering to improve and evaluate promising innovative technologies and techniques to reduce the cost and improve the effectiveness of operation, maintenance, and replacement of aging and failing drinking water and wastewater treatment and conveyance systems. The outputs from this program will assist utilities to more effectively implement comprehensive asset management, provide reliable service to their customers, and meet their Clean Water Act goals.

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