The LIFT SEE IT program is now accepting applications for 2018 travel scholarships. Applications are due by 5:00 pm ET on Friday, December 15. To apply, download the Program Instructions and Application Form.

The LIFT Scholarship Exchange Experience for Innovation & Technology Program (SEE IT) is an initiative spearheaded by WE&RF, WEF, and NACWA to provide scholarships for utility personnel to visit other utilities with innovations of interest and to share experiences with their peers. Innovations may include new technologies and processes, but also novel approaches to service, operations, and finance.

LIFT SEE IT provides hands-on interaction with innovative technologies and approaches with representatives that are implementing them to provide program participants with the needed perspective and information to accelerate adoption at their own facilities. LIFT SEE IT is a tool and resource supporting the transformation of water resource recovery facilities into utilities of the future

In January 2017, the sponsors awarded 32 staff members from 11 utilities  with travel scholarships. A map of the recipients trips in 2017 is provided below.  

If you have questions about a technology that you would like the recipient to ask as part of their visit, please contact the recipient. As visits are completed, trip reports, photos, and videos will be posted to this web page for sharing findings with the water quality community.  

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Please contact Water Technology Collaboration Manager Fidan Karimova with any questions.



Technology & Utility Visiting

Time Frame

City of Boulder

EBPR optimization at Clean Water Services Durham and Rock Creek WRFs

May/June 2017

City of Jackson

Ovivo Mem-TAD system at Lewes, Delaware Water Reclamation Facility

March 2017

City of Raleigh

THP at Thames Water; Shortcut side stream nitrogen removal at Thames Water; Cambi at Cambi Production Facility; Shortcut Nitrogen Removal Side Stream Treatment Systems at United Utilities UK; Anita Mox in Boras, Sweden; DEMON Process in Nieuwveer, Netherlands

April-June 2017

City of San Luis Obispo

Cooling and Natural Treatment Wetlands at Fernhill Wetlands, Albany-Millersburg Talking Water Gardens, Oregon Garden Wetlands

February 2017

Greeley Water Pollution
Control Facility

Shortcut Nitrogen Removal at Hampton Roads Sanitation District and DC Water

April 23-28, 2017

Louisville and Jefferson County Metropolitan Sewer District

Exelys at Esholt; Cambi at Seafield; Thermal Hydrolysis - Mesophillic at Oxford; Belt Dryers- Hot Water Exploitation at Huddersfield; GE Monsal Biological Hydrolysis at Aberdeen Nigg; GE Monsal sequential gas mixing technology at Davyhulme; Advanced Anaerobic Digestion and Biowaste at Avonmounth

January-June, 2017

Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati

Zero Angle Photo Spectrometer (ZAPS) at City of Grand Rapids Wastewater Treatment Plant

Early 2017

San Francisco Public Utilities Commission

Class A biosolids soil blending process and Business practice of using capability maturity models to improve the ability to manage risk and improve utility services at DC Water

May 2017

Soquel Creek Water District

Membrane bioreactor (MBR) technology that takes raw wastewater and produces Class A Reclaim Water at Martin Way Reclaimed Water Plant (LOTT Alliance)

March-April, 2017

Trinity River Authority of Texas

Ostara Pearl at Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District

May 16-18, 2017

Washoe County Community Services Department

Ozone-biological activated carbon and advanced oxidation (ultra-violet), membrane-based treatment systems, soil aquifer treatment processes and expertise to achieve potable reuse at HRSD

July 10-21, 2017