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WE&RF Water Reuse Research Program Survey

You can help WE&RF with our research planning on water reuse by completing this survey!

We want to hear from a wide range of stakeholders on specific needs on potable and nonpotable reuse research.  We would like to hear from water and wastewater utilities, academics, researchers, consultants, NGOs, and other stakeholders.

The purpose of the WE&RF  program is to advance reuse as a reliability water supply alternative by addressing technology, scientific, policy, regulatory, and public acceptance needs and knowledge gaps.

The feedback we receive from this survey will be used to develop the future direction of our water reuse research program agenda.  We are very interested in hearing about the issues, challenges, and research topics that are of most importance to you and your region.

The survey has two components:  1) our list of current research concepts; and 2) the ability for you to provide us with your ideas.

For the first component, we want you to rank our current project ideas as follows:

  • Is the concept compelling? (10 stars = very important, 1 star = this project is not needed)
  • Is the concept timely? (10 stars = immediately, 1 star = later)

In the second component, you have the opportunity to suggest new research ideas and topics for consideration.

While the project rankings are helpful, we are very interested in hearing your new, innovative project ideas!

This is a great opportunity to provide your ideas and suggestions on water reuse research needs and priorities that will improve our WE&RF research efforts!

 

I. Potable Reuse Projects

Please rank the following projects in regards to how compelling and timely the project is. The projects are divided into four categories: operations and sensors, monitoring and validation, water quality, and public engagement.

In the comments section of each question, please provide any questions or suggestions on the scope of the above projects. 

Click here to view additional information on the projects
6. Operations and Sensors
Space Cell How compelling is the project?How timely is the project?
Evaluating real-time integration of performance data and statistical process control into potable reuse operations to track process variability for microbial and chemical contaminants (Potable-17-04)
Review of the state of the science for biosensors in water treatment, including identification of current barriers and evaluation of paths forward for advancing biosensor technology. (Potable-17-09)
7. Monitoring and Validation
Space Cell How compelling is the project?How timely is the project?
Document and quantify performance of pathogen reduction through groundwater based on parameters such as time, aquifer characteristics, temperature, source water quality, and method of introduction (i.e., spreading vs. injection). (Potable-17-06)
Evaluate and recommend types of viruses for use in monitoring performance of advanced treatment processes and collect bench- and full- scale virus data for soil aquifer treatment and aquifer recharge projects. (Potable-17-05)
Understanding current and innovative techniques, tools, and validation protocols for achieving log removal credit across NF and RO membranes (Potable-17-07)
8. Water Quality
Space Cell How compelling is the project?How timely is the project?
Investigating pathogen occurrence and travel time from wastewater discharges on conventional surface water supplies (Potable-17-08)
Determine the potential for biological uptake of antibiotic resistant and treatment resistant (e.g. UV, advanced oxidants, etc.) genes of interest into viable bacteria in potable and nonpotable reuse (Potable-17-10)
9. Public Engagement 
Space Cell How compelling is the project?How timely is the project?
Develop guidance for utilities considering potable reuse focused on communications and engaging the general public on health risks from compounds of emerging concern (PE-17-21)
Develop outreach materials including interactive web content, white papers, and presentations to inform the general public and interest groups about the safety and benefits of potable reuse (PE-17-22)
II. Nonpotable Reuse Projects

Please rank the following projects in regards to how compelling and timely the project is. The projects are divided into three categories: agricultural water reuse, produced water, and other nonpotable projects.

In the comments section of each question, please provide any questions or suggestions on the scope of the above projects. 

Click here to view additional information on the projects.
10. Agricultural Water Reuse
Space Cell How compelling is the project?How timely is the project?
Develop a plan to overcome the regulatory, health, and economic barriers to expand the adoption of water reuse for agricultural irrigation (NPR-17-16)
Determine the role of water reuse in the development of urban agriculture and evaluate the feasibility of developing water reuse-fueled aquaponics programs in cities. (NPR-17-18)
11. Industrial/Produced Water
Space Cell How compelling is the project?How timely is the project?
Evaluate the feasibility and effectiveness of biological processes using salt tolerant bacteria for treating organic and nitrogenous compounds in oil and gas wastewater on a bench to pilot scale. (NPR-17-20)
Evaluate the feasibility of reusing oil and gas wastewater for beneficial reuse (e.g. agricultural applications) while determining the drivers for and constraints to this practice.(NPR-17-19)
Identify potential alternative energy sources that can be derived from produced water waste products and how those sources can be utilized to power water and wastewater treatment operations. (NPR-17-15)
12. Other Nonpotable
Space Cell How compelling is the project?How timely is the project?
Review of existing practices and demonstrating effective techniques and approaches for maintaining chlorine disinfectant residual in recycled water distribution systems (NPR-17-17)
When describing the research needs, please be descriptive regarding the problem that needs to be addressed and what research should be done. 
When describing the research needs, please be descriptive regarding the problem that needs to be addressed and what research should be done.