Feb 19, 2016

Water Research Foundation Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Organization will spotlight achievements of subscriber utilities

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The Water Research Foundation (WRF), a sponsor of research supporting the water community, is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Officially incorporated in 1966, WRF has provided its subscribers with research and tools to solve the complex challenges of the water community. Today, WRF subscribers include more than 1,000 water and wastewater utilities throughout the world, as well as consulting firms and manufacturing companies.

“The Water Research Foundation is proud to celebrate our 50-year history of advancing the science of water through research and collaboration,” said Rob Renner, CEO of WRF. “By working with utilities and other members of the water community, we’re able to leverage our knowledge and resources to the benefit of public health and the environment.”

As part of WRF’s yearlong anniversary celebration, WRF will highlight several utility stories through videos, showcasing subscriber utilities that have experienced significant achievements, in part because of their use of and participation in WRF research projects. The first utility story video, launched in February, focuses on Milwaukee Water Works (MWW), a WRF subscriber and active participant in WRF projects for more than 25 years.

In 1993, MWW experienced a Cryptosporidium event that resulted in a boil water advisory. Over the next five years, Milwaukee implemented an unprecedented $89 million renovation of its facilities to strengthen the barriers related to source water protection, disinfection and filtration. At the time, the $51 million design-build project was the largest ozone retrofit in the world. To ensure the success of this project, MWW relied on WRF research on ozone inactivation of emerging pathogens, ozone contactor optimization, bromate formation reduction strategies, quenching agents and diffuser design.

The next utility story, coming this spring, will focus on Trinity River Authority (TRA), in Arlington, Texas. TRA partnered with WRF on a Tailored Collaboration project that demonstrated how enhanced biofiltration can provide long-term water quality improvements, including taste and odor control and prevention of manganese breakthroughs.