The Latest WE&RF Reports

Below you will find the latest WE&RF research reports published as of January 2017.

 Title  Number Research Area 
Understanding Impacts of Co-Digestion: Digester Chemistry, Gas Production, Dewaterability, Solids Production, Cake Quality, and Economics
This research examined many of the possible side effects of co-waste addition, and how changes in the type of high strength waste co-waste added to an anaerobic digester altered the outcome.

 ENER12R13 Energy 
Impacts of Mainstream Low DO Conditions at a Full-Scale MBR Water Reuse
This research sought to develop and implement a comprehensive operational strategy that relies on enhanced automation of aeration control to optimize process performance under a low dissolved oxygen operation technology.

 Reuse-13-08  Water Reuse
Co-Digestion of Organic Waste Addressing Operational Side Effects
This study evaluates side effects associated with co-digestion of high-strength waste and wastewater solids at water resource recovery facilities (WRRFs).

ENER9C13  Energy 
Controlling Trace Organic Compounds Using Alternative, Non-FAT Technology for Potable Water Reuse
This research investigates the potential for non-FAT technology systems – ion exchange (IX), biological activated carbon (BAC), and AOP – to treat wastewater effluent for removal of trace organic compounds (TOrCs) for potable water reuse applications.

Reuse-13-10  Water Reuse 
International Stormwater BMP Database: 2016 Summary Statistics
This research provides a summary of BMP performance for total suspended solids, nutrients, metals, and bacteria for the most commonly monitored and reported BMP types available in the 2016 release of the International BMP Database.

Energy Recovery from Thermal Oxidation of Wastewater Solids: State-of-Science Review
This research provides a state-of-science review of energy recovery from thermal oxidation of wastewater solids.

 ENER13T14 Energy
Fostering Innovation Within Water Utilities
This research provides information to assist utilities seeking to foster innovation and manage ideas as valuable resources.

LIFT11C15   Energy, Integrated Water

Beyond Nutrients: Recovering Carbon and Other Commodity Products from Wastewater

This research evaluates the feasibility of recovering non-nutrient commodity product categories including volatile fatty acids (VFAs), polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs), alcohols, and the inorganic products hydrogen peroxide and caustic (sodium hydroxide) from wastewater.

 NTRY3R13 Resource Recovery 
Drivers, Hindrances, Planning, and Benefits Quantification: Economic Pathways and Partners for Water Reuse and Stormwater Harvesting
This research focuses on the drivers, hindrances, and planning of water reuse projects and reports on how utilities that have and have not built reuse projects see them differently.

Executive Summary (PDF)

 SIWM8R14 Integrated Water 

Renewable Energy Production from DoD Installation Solid Wastes by Anaerobic Digestion
This demonstration was used to validate anaerobic digestion of U.S. Department of Defense wastes as a viable means of disposal and renewable energy generation.

Executive Summary (PDF)

 ENER14R14  Energy
A Blueprint for High-Tech Analysis of Low-Tech Methods for Sustainable Class A Biosolids Production: Phase 1
This research provides a blueprint for WRRFs interested in evaluating LCLT Class A biosolids treatment methods at the pilot scale and provides sampling parameters including the type of container to use, preservation, and maximum holding times.

Executive Summary (PDF)

NTRY11T15  Resource Recovery, Biosolids 

Testing and Refinement of the Trace Organics Screening Tool

This research provides a useful and usable screening framework for utility managers to assess the potential risk to aquatic life from discharges that may contain TOrCs.

Executive Summary (PDF)

 CEC6R12  Compounds of Emerging Concern
Risk-Based Framework for the Development of Public Health Guidance for Decentralized Non-Potable Water Systems

This project developed a risk-based framework to establish scale-appropriate water quality criteria for decentralized non-potable water systems that protect public health.

Executive Summary (PDF)

 SIWM10C15  Integrated Water
Simple and Fast Detection of Escherichia coli in Recreational Waters

This research resulted in the development of two products which can serve as key resources to transform current recreational water quality monitoring programs, allowing for testing at the point of contamination and results in hours instead of days.

Executive Summary (PDF)

U4R13   Pathogens

Potential for Exposure to Ebola Virus Surrogates Aerosolized from Wastewater Systems
This research assessed the potential for inhalation exposure to aerosolized Ebola virus surrogates in wastewater systems, including toilets, aeration basins, and sewers.

Executive Summary (PDF)

WERF2C15   Pathogens
Assessing the Benefits and Costs of Anaerobic Digester CHP Projects In New York State
This research presents the results of one-on-one interviews with wastewater utility staff to document factors that drive biogas energy projects forward and those that hold them back

Executive Summary (PDF)

ENER7C13e   Energy
Producing Value-Added Biopolymer from Methane Gas Generated by Water Resource Recovery Facilities
This project explored optimal integration of biopolymer production and water resource recovery facility (WRRF) processes.

Executive Summary (PDF)

 NTRY5R14  Resource Recovery
A Framework for the Successful Implementation of On-site Industrial Water Reuse
This report highlights common opportunities for water reuse and conservation in industrial facilities.

Executive Summary (PDF)

 Reuse-14-04  Water Reuse