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The WateReuse Research Foundation and the Water Environment Research Foundation merged to establish the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (WE&RF) effective May 6, 2016. The portfolio of water reuse and desalination research continues to be available at watereuse.org. Visit WE&RF for additional resources.

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WE&RF subscribers recieve complimentary access to all water reuse and desalination research available at watereuse.org. If you did not previously have a login for the WateReuse website, please contact Gina Street to access the research.

There are four types of research:

  • Scientific Investigations which provide groundbreaking new science based on laboratory and on-site testing.
  • White Papers which explore policy, regulations, planning and other social science factors.
  • Decision Making Tools which provide operators with guidelines and frameworks to improve outcomes.
  • Communications Tools which provide information and strategies for increasing public acceptance of water reuse.

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Critical Control Point Assessment to Quantify Robustness and Reliability of Multiple Treatment Barriers of a DPR Scheme

The project will conduct hazard assessment for key unit operations for two or more direct...


Monitoring for Reliability and Process Control of Potable Reuse Applications

The project will identify, evaluate, test, and validate systems that can be used to assure...


Guidelines for Engineered Storage Systems

The project will develop recommendations for optimizing engineered storage systems for direct potable reuse; this...


A Low-Energy Wastewater Treatment Process for Producing High Quality Reuse Water – Phase 2

The project will evaluate an innovative wastewater treatment process to include membrane contractor processes (forward...


The Demonstration of Direct Potable Water Reuse: The Denver Project Technical Report (1979-1993)

This report summarizes the results from Denver’s Direct Potable Water Reuse Demonstration Project. The project,...


Development of Habitat Restoration Programs for the Mitigation of Impingement and Entrainment Effects from Intakes for Seawater Desalination Facilities

The project identifies available methods for mitigating impingement mortality and entrainment (IM&E) at seawater plant...


Evaluation of Natural Gas to Reduce Carbon Footprint and Energy Costs for Desalination

The project developed a methodology for analyzing the feasibility of using liquefied natural gas (LNG)...


Assessment of Techniques for Evaluating and Demonstrating Safety of Water from Direct Potable Reuse Treatment Facilities

This project will produce a direct potable reuse (DPR) guidance framework that water utilities and...


Drivers, Successes, Challenges and Opportunities for Onsite Industrial Water Reuse: A Path Forward for Collaboration and Growth

The project will complete a desktop analysis of current onsite industrial water reuse practices by...


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