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Technologies that Build a Sustainable Water Future Highlighted by the White House 

In celebration of World Water Day 2016, the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) announces its participation in today’s White House Water Summit. The White House Water Summit is intended to raise awareness of the national importance of water. Research that accelerates innovation in water reuse, improves water reuse in the Potomac watershed, recovers resources from wastewater, and improves water services resiliency are all featured in the March 22 event. “WERF is excited that we are clearly pushing research forward on alternative water supply development,” explained WERF Executive Director, Melissa Meeker.

WERF’s partnership with the Water Environment Federation (WEF) in the Leaders Innovation Forum for Technology (LIFT) is being highlighted as one of the commitments that the Administration and non-federal institutions are making to build a sustainable water future. A technology focus on water reuse will establish a new network of water users to identify, evaluate, and demonstrate innovative technologies that will help improve the effectiveness and reduce the costs of water reuse.

In addition, three WERF partnerships with the Administration will be highlighted. A recent grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for Improving Water Reuse for a Much Healthier Potomac Watershed begins on March 22. A Water Resources Dashboard that provides a “one-stop shop” for water-relevant data needs to ensure water services resiliency makes its debut on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration website March 22, as well. A National Water Resource Recovery Test Bed Facility Network and Directory, in collaboration with the Department of Energy, EPA, National Science Foundation, and Department of Agriculture will also be highlighted at the Water Summit. Its purpose is to connect those working on recovering energy and other valuable resources from wastewater with test facilities appropriate for their needs. Each of these projects illustrates WERF’s commitment to the Administration to build a sustainable water future.

Ms. Meeker is one of two hundred participants invited to the White House Water Summit. Additional information on these and other WERF research projects is available at


The Water Environment Research Foundation, a nonprofit organization formed in 1989, is America’s leading independent scientific research organization dedicated to wastewater and stormwater issues.