WateReuse Foundation Releases Water Safety Reports

The WateReuse Foundation announced on May 16 the release of two new research reports designed to give utilities practicing indirect potable reuse a stronger scientific foundation for ensuring the safety and reliability of their water supply. The first study looks at the effectiveness of membranes in high-pressure applications and the second study examines the best methods for the removal and destruction of the chemical NDMA.

Rejection of Wastewater-Derived Micropollutants in High Pressure Membrane Applications Leading to Indirect Potable Reuse: Effects of Membrane and Micropollutant Properties (WRF-02-001). The removal of compounds of concern in water and wastewater treatment applications is of great importance where a high quality water product is desired. This study increases the understanding of the factors affecting the permeation of solutes in high-pressure membrane systems.

Removal and Destruction of NDMA and NDMA Precursors during Wastewater Treatment (WRF-01-002). The chemical NDMA is a probable human carcinogen. This report provides utilities practicing indirect potable reuse with a scientific framework for managing NDMA and assessing the need for additional testing, improvements to existing treatment processes, and the need for advanced treatment.

The WateReuse Foundation conducts applied research in all aspects of water reclamation, reuse, recycling and desalination. The research addresses the full range of scientific, technical, policy and social science issues related to these areas.

For more information on research results available from the WateReuse Foundation and pricing information on the reports, visit http://www.watereuse.org/Foundation/researchreport.htm.

This article originally appeared in the 05/01/2006 issue of Environmental Protection.

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