DOE/NSF/EPA Workshop on Energy-Positive Treatment

On April 28-29, the National Science Foundation (NSF), the U.S. EPA, and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) jointly hosted the Workshop on Energy-Positive Water Resource Recovery (EPWRR) to gain insights and identify specific technical and non-technical barriers that are hindering development and deployment of water resource recovery facilities of the future. Several WERF staff, researchers, and volunteers participated in the discussions.

Attendees were challenged to envision what will be state-of-the-art EPWRR in 20+ years. Other questions posed included: What will it take to get there? What efforts should be prioritized?

The outcomes from the workshop will help guide the water resource recovery community’s research and technology development efforts, inform NSF/EPA/DOE programs and strategic planning, and offer valuable information to other stakeholders focused on energy-positive water resource recovery. A joint report based upon this workshop is planned.