Advance Notice of RFPs

Notice of Upcoming Requests for Proposals

Practices to Enhance Internal Fermentation of Side-Stream Secondary Sludge and Mixed Liquor Suspended Solids for Biological Phosphorus Removal (4975)
While there are plants around the world using such side-stream fermentation processes, no standard design and operational guidance for optimum operation has been developed to date. Research is needed to better understand the selection of bio-phosphorus removal organisms and other mechanisms for fermentation to enhance biological phosphorus removal. 

WRF will issue an RFP on September 27, 2018, with proposals being due November 27, 2018. The total WRF funding available is $125,000. WRF is currently seeking utility partners to provide cash or in-kind services towards the project. Please contact Stephanie Fevig at sfevig@waterrf.org if interested.

New Approaches for Reduced Aeration Energy Plus Nutrient Removal (4976)

New or improved approaches for reliable nutrient removal at a lower carbon, energy, and economic footprint are needed to assist water resource recovery facilities (WRRFs) in reducing their energy demands, costs, chemical usage, and excess solids production. A number of highly sustainable processes used for nutrient removal or in enhancing existing nutrient removal processes have emerged during the last decade. Many of these technologies have undergone different stages of research and testing but have not reached a point where they are ready for consistent, reliable, full scale-performance. This first phase of a planned multi-year project will involve a state-of-the-science, which provides a thorough literature review and knowledge gap analysis.

WRF will issue an RFP on September 27, 2018, with proposals being due November 27, 2018. The total WRF funding available is $30,000. Please contact Stephanie Fevig at sfevig@waterrf.org for more information.

The Application of Big Data for Energy Management in Water Utilities (4978)

To better manage water and wastewater processes, as well as energy production, utilities need to leverage their data. While there is a growing quantity of data available at utilities, operators and managers do not always know the extent or meaning of this data in regard to energy use and optimization. Issues emerge when models are applied to practices. Research is needed to examine the available data and outline monitoring techniques and gradual changes that can be made to improve performance. The first phase of the planned multi-year project is intended to examine how utilities have been using energy data, predictive models, etc. to better manage their energy costs.

WRF will issue an RFP on September 27, 2018, with proposals being due November 27, 2018. The total WRF funding available is $50,000. Please contact Ashwin Dhanasekar at adhanasekar@waterrf.org for more information.

Guidelines for Optimizing Nutrient Removal Plant Performance (4973)
Research and demonstration of processes for nutrient removal could help optimize water resource recovery facility (WRRF) performance. However, setting these guidelines needs to occur in real-time to avoid becoming obsolete. WRF plans to issue an RFP to build upon prior knowledge and an ongoing body of research to examine the variables that may occur at different locations and plant sizes that could change operational efficiency.

The RFP will be issued before the end of October 2018. Total WRF funding available is $130,000. WRF is currently seeking utility partners to provide cash or in-kind services towards the project. Please contact Katy Lackey at klackey@waterrf.org if interested.

New Approaches for Improved Nutrient Management (4974)
Nutrient management is a key component of effective crop and water management systems. There is a large body of research available in nutrient management that needs to be synthesized in order to identify relevant research gaps that still need to be addressed. WRF plans to issue an RFP to bring together stakeholders from the agricultural and water quality communities, regulators, and others impacted by nutrient loading in water systems to establish a clear path to tackle nutrient management from a real-world perspective. 

The RFP will be issued before the end of October 2018. Total WRF funding available is $100,000. WRF is currently seeking potential partners for this project. Please contact Christine Radke at cradke@waterrf.org if interested.

One Water Cities: Development of Guidance Documents and Assessment Metrics (Project # 4969)

A new RFP, entitled “One Water Cities: Development of Guidance Documents and Assessment Metrics”, will evaluate the state of the art of One Water Cities practices through a literature review, expert interviews, web search and survey. The objectives of this project are: (1) to establish key metrics and benchmarks to assess the progression towards One Water Cities; and (2) to identify and document best practices for One Water Cities including balancing competing tradeoffs.

Leveraging the Role of Pretreatment Programs in One Water Initiatives: Synthesis of Best Practices and Path Forward (Project # 4971)

A new RFP, entitled “Leveraging the Role of Pretreatment Programs in One Water Initiatives: Synthesis of Best Practices and Path Forward”, will take a new holistic view of Pretreatment Programs and their relationship to One Water Goals. The objectives of this project are: (1) to identify potential opportunities to leverage Pretreatment Programs in implementing One Water strategies; and (2) to look at current, state-of-the-art Pretreatment Programs, and their relationship with both publicly owned treatment works (POTW) operations and the commercial/industrial user community in the context of One Water management.            

The approximate timeframe for the release of the RFPs is late September/early October 2018. The point of contact is Harry Zhang (hzhang@waterrf.org), Program Director on Integrated Water & Stormwater at WRF. 

The WRF Board of Directors recently authorized initiation of 14 new research projects in 2017. The planned research will significantly advance WRF’s integrated water and intelligent water research portfolios. A slate of over two dozen research project proposals was reviewed by WRF’s Research Advisory Council in August, 2017. The volunteer council recommended 14 new projects based on their readiness and significance to the water community. A few projects have already been released for proposal submissions and the rest can be found on the list below:

  • Expert Workshop on Compounds of Emerging Concern Research Needs. Where do we go from here? (CEC‐17‐09)
  • Annual Update of International Stormwater BMP Database (Urban Component) (SIWM‐17‐12)
  • The Future of Stormwater BMP Database: Strategic Evaluation and Path Forward (SIWM‐17‐13)
  • Assessing the State of Knowledge and Research Needs for Stormwater Harvesting (SIWM‐17‐14)
  • Enhancement of Resilience to Extreme Weather and Climate Events (SIWM‐17‐15)
  • Integrating Sewage Thermal Energy Use (STEU) and Other Emerging Water‐Energy‐Waste Technologies into Distributed Systems (SIWM‐17‐16)
  • Crediting Water Quality Benefits from Stream Restoration: Case Studies (SIWM‐17‐17)
  • Designing Sensor Networks and Locations on an Urban Sewershed Scale with Big Data Management and Analytics (IWS‐17‐07)
    A new RFP titled Designing Sensor Networks and Locations on an Urban Sewershed Scale with Big Data Management and Analytics, will conduct demonstration projects at multiple utilities to validate sensor-based, real-time monitoring/metering and models/decision support systems on sewershed/sub-sewershed scales, including the applying of analytics to solve sewershed network management issues. The project also will develop a framework for sensor-based networks that incorporates new and emerging monitoring/metering technologies for real-time decision-making. Please contact Walter Graf to learn more about being a project team member, participating as a volunteer, and more information.Desalination Research Needs Workshop (Reuse‐17‐11)