Joint projects to improve reliability & resiliency of water resources
The Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (WE&RF) announced that it has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the National Water Research Institute (NWRI)—a 501c3 nonprofit organization based in Southern California—to jointly pursue projects and initiatives that improve the reliability and resiliency of water resources, including storm water, groundwater and recycled water.
“WE&RF and NWRI are formalizing a relationship through this MOU to pursue mutually beneficial, cost-sharing, and staffing agreements for projects and initiatives that provide benefits to their respective members and the water sector,” said Melissa Meeker, WE&RF CEO.
Both WE&RF and NWRI regularly convene scientists, researchers, policymakers, and industry leaders to share knowledge and innovations in water use, reuse, recovery and resources. Additionally, they both have an extensive network of nationally and internationally recognized experts to serve as researchers, peer reviewers, and advisors for research, pilot projects and programs in the water industry. Together, the members of WE&RF and NWRI, as well as the water industry as a whole, will benefit from this collaboration.
“Under this agreement, our organizations seek to enhance efforts in the water research industry to ensure sustainable sources of water through more integrated water management efforts,” said James Ferryman, president of NWRI’s Board of Directors.
Examples of the two organizations’ joint efforts include:
- Partnering to host the 2017 International Water Assn. Water Reuse Specialty Conference in Long Beach, Calif;
- Joint research to develop an advanced water technology validation program;
- Communicating the immediate and potential implications of implementing direct potable water reuse; and
- Jointly supporting local projects that may serve as a catalyst for expanding water reuse.
The agreement solidifies their shared vision in addressing significant research needs in the water industry to produce beneficial change and improve policy decisions.