WERF Issues RFP on Decentralized Systems Research Guide

The Water Environment Research Foundation is seeking proposals for a research effort that will provide municipal and county personnel, as well as designers, planners, and engineers, with a concise guide to the more than 40 research reports and tools developed under WERF’s National Decentralized Water Resources Capacity Development Project.

Over the last six years, research under the project has been addressing critical information gaps in order to develop the capacity of community leaders, regulators, service providers, and others to respond to the increasing complexities of and expanding need for onsite/decentralized wastewater and stormwater treatment systems. This effort will provide anyone involved in the purchase, selection, design, or regulation of these systems with an easy way to get the answers they need and locate the research to support critical decisions.

WERF is planning several outreach products, of which the primary product will be a frequently asked questions guide designed to point users to specific reports, products, tools, and resources developed. Additional products include a short video to promote awareness of decentralized systems and the information developed by WERF and the project, and promotional materials outlining the different applications of decentralized systems, potential opportunities afforded by these systems, and information and resources available to assist users.

The maximum period of performance is four months. All work must be completed by April 2010, as grant funding has a firm expiration date. Funding available for the project is $50,000.

Proposals should be submitted by 5 p.m. EST, Nov. 23. 2009. To access the complete request for proposals, go to www.werf.org/funding.

The National Decentralized Water Resources Capacity Development Project is a cooperative effort funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which supports research and development to improve understanding and strengthen the foundations of training and practice in the field of onsite and decentralized wastewater and stormwater treatment.

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