Environmental Health & Safety / Water/Wastewater

Water Research Foundations Plan To Merge

By Chemical Processing Staff

Dec 22, 2015

The Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) and the WateReuse Research Foundation (WRRF) boards of directors unanimously agree to take the steps necessary to merge and integrate. The two organizations reportedly believe that merging will create synergies, reduce future water research redundancy, further the evolution toward a unified voice for water and increase the value proposition to their respective subscribers by enhancing and leveraging investments.

“The water industry is currently at a critical juncture as it relates to acceptance and implementation of reuse – driven by demand, environmental needs and the creation of a local, sustaining water supply,” says Doug Owen, chairman of the WateReuse Research Foundation. “The merger has the opportunity to strengthen the value of water that was historically used only once.”

To date, both organizations conduct research in a clearly defined and complementary niche. WateReuse focuses on water reuse and desalination, while the Water Environment Research Foundation focuses on resource recovery and water quality impacts from wastewater and storm water.

The WateReuse Association, and other partners including Water Environment Federation (WEF), American Water Works Association (AWWA), National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA) and Water Research Foundation (WRF), among others, will continue to play a critical role in advancing research-based policy that turns scientific discovery into common-sense laws and regulations for water reuse and resource recovery, and in helping establish the research needs of the industry, according to WRRF.

For more information, visit: www.watereuse.org