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WE&RF Seeks Proposals for Research on Water Reuse in Agriculture

August 31, 2017 (Alexandria, VA) The Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (WE&RF) is seeking proposals for two water reuse research projects on understanding and expanding the use of recycled water for agricultural applications. These projects, which are funded by WE&RF subscriber and global water company Pentair, were developed under WE&RF’s Water Reuse Issue Area and further WE&RF’s efforts to advance nonpotable reuse for agricultural uses.

Evaluating Economic and Environmental Benefits of Water Reuse for Agriculture (Reuse-16-06) builds on an ongoing WE&RF research project that identified the need for an evaluation of economics of agricultural water reuse for the agricultural community. The objective of this research is to document and characterize the economic and environmental benefits and potential challenges to utilizing nontraditional water sources for agricultural irrigation. The findings will help recycled water utilities, the agricultural community, and other stakeholders by providing an economic analysis of nontraditional water for agriculture to support decisions to use recycled water for agricultural irrigation.

FDA Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule: Opportunities and Impacts on Potential Water Reuse for Agricultural Irrigation (Reuse-16-07) will investigate the effects of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety rule on utilizing water for agricultural irrigation. The objective of the white paper is to describe the Product Safety rule, explain how the rule will relate to water reuse in terms of testing and water quality requirements and present potential water reuse opportunities for states to consider. The results will help the water sector and the agricultural community identify potential opportunities to utilize recycled water for agricultural irrigation under the rule and learn from the experiences of states currently practicing agricultural reuse.

The RFPs are available for download from WE&RF’s website. Proposals for Reuse-16-06 are due no later than October 18 by 8:00 PM ET and proposals for Reuse-16-07 are due no later than October 11 by 8:00 PM ET. For more information, contact Kristan VandenHeuvel, WE&RF’s project manager on these efforts, at
The Water Environment & Reuse Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization, funds research, pilot projects, and technology demonstrations that maximize the value of water, including wastewater, stormwater, and other water sources. WE&RF is recognized worldwide as a trusted source of innovation and peer-reviewed research in wastewater, water reuse, and resource recovery.