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2017 Clarke Prize Conference Program Now Available Online

The 2017 NWRI Clarke Prize Conference Program is now available online! Our 1-day conference will be held October 20, 2017, in Irvine, California. Featured presentations will focus on potable reuse. Click here for Conference Program information. To register for the conference, click here.




Charles Haas of Drexel U. to Receive 2017 Clarke Prize

NWRI is pleased to announce that Charles N. Haas, Ph.D., will receive the NWRI Athalie Richardson Irvine Clarke Prize for pioneering and applying methods to assess and minimize health risks caused by exposure to disease-causing microorganisms in water and wastewater. Click here to download the press release.  


Workshop on Non-Potable Onsite Water Systems

Join NWRI, WE&RF, and partners on Nov 8 for a day-long discussion of scientific and regulatory issues related to onsite water reuse. We will meet at the iconic TreePeople campus in Los Angeles, and the agenda includes an optional tour. Register early for a chance to win a FREE hard copy of the Risk-Based Framework for the Development of Public Health Guidance for Decentralized Non-Potable Water Systems, which was written by an NWRI Panel. For more information and to register, visit WE&RF's web site.

PUREWater Soquel Groundwater Replenishment Project

This Independent Advisory Panel is evaluating the technical, scientific, and regulatory aspects of the PUREWater Soquel Groundwater Replenishment Project. A public meeting was held Sept 20, 2017, at Capitola City Hall, during which the Panel responded to questions from the community. Click here to access video of the meeting and the presentation slides.
Kevin Hardy Joins NWRI as New Executive Director  

Former wastewater utility general manager Kevin Hardy has joined NWRI as its new Executive Director, taking charge of a nonprofit organization focused on supporting innovative scientific research and activities to improve the quality of our water supplies and increase available sources of water. Click here to download the press release. 


New Report Summarizes Research, Issues Surrounding Direct Potable Reuse

The Water Environment & Reuse Foundation recently released a report entitled  Potable Reuse Research Compilation: Synthesis of Findings, which summarizes research and synthesizes the key issues surrounding direct potable reuse (DPR). NWRI provided administrative and editorial management of the report. Download a PDF of the report.


2016-2018 Graduate Fellows Provide Progress Reports 

The current NWRI Graduate Fellows provided progress reports on the status of their research projects. Research topics supported include recycled water, treatment technologies, water and energy nexus, exploratory research, desalination, policy, and regulatory issues. Learn more about the fellowship program and download the reports at http://www.nwri-usa.org/Fellows2016.htm.


2016 Clarke Prize Conference: Presentations Available 

Thanks to everyone who participated in the 2016 Clarke Prize Conference, held November 4 in Huntington Beach, California. The Conference followed the Clarke Prize Award Ceremony honoring Mark Sobsey, Ph.D., as the 23rd recipient of the Clarke Prize. Visit the event web page to access the presentation slides.

SoCalSalinity Management Summit: Presentations Available

NWRI partnered with Southern California Salinity Coalition (SCSC) to present the Southern California Salinity Management Summit on November 17, 2016, at Metropolitan Water District in Los Angeles. The Summit provided a forum for water and wastewater agencies to share practices for managing salinity in the water supply. Visit the event web page to access presentation slides.

Workshop on Drought and Tools for Improving Water Resilience: Presentations Available

The Workshop on Drought Vulnerability and Tools for Improving Water Resilience was a great success! Thanks to everyone who joined us for this event, held October 19-20, 2016, in Long Beach. Go to the event web site to access the presentation slides. 


CA SWRCB Releases Report on Feasibility of Potable Reuse

The California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) has released their “Report to Legislature on the Feasibility of Developing Uniform Water Recycling Criteria for Direct Potable Reuse." The report is based in part on the work of the Expert Panel administered by NWRI. Visit the SWRCB web site to download the report.

City of Santa Barbara: Subsurface Desal and Potable Reuse

In 2015, NWRI formed a Technical Advisory Panel (TAP) on behalf of the City of Santa Barbara to provide expert peer review of the City's Subsurface Desalination Intake Feasibility Study and Potable Reuse Feasibility Study. The third meeting of the TAP took place on October 26, 2016.  Click here for more information.

DDW Expert Panel and Advisory Group on Potable Reuse

An independent Expert Panel administered by NWRI is advising the State of California on the feasibility of developing criteria for direct potable reuse.  NWRI also administered an Advisory Group that provided feedback to DDW on stakeholder issues. The final meeting of the Advisory Group was held June 15, 2016.  Agendas and minutes from Advisory Group meetings are available at http://www.nwri-usa.org/ca-panel.htm.   


Mark D. Sobsey to Receive 2016 Clarke Prize

Mark D. Sobsey, Ph.D., will be the 23rd recipient of the NWRI Athalie Richardson Irvine Clarke Prize for excellence in water research.  Sobsey is Kenan Distinguished Professor of Environmental Sciences and Engineering in the Gillings School of Global Public Health at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Consisting of a medallion and $50,000, the Prize is awarded annually to recognize research accomplishments that solve water problems. Click here to download the press release.


2016 Drought Response Workshop: View Presentations 

Presentation slides are now available from the 2016 Drought Response Workshop, held May 16-17 in Irvine, California. Sponsored by California Department of Water Resources (DWR), Southern California Water Committee(SCWC), and NWRI, this event focused on drought planning, response, and mitigation measures. View and download the presentation slides at http://www.nwri-usa.org/drought2016.htm.  


NWRI Discusses Potable Reuse on "Green is Good"

Former NWRI Executive Director Jeff Mosher was featured on "Green is Good," a radio show and podcast with 60,000 followers that focuses on eco-friendly initiatives, sustainable practices, environmental issues, and recycling technologies. In the interview, Mosher discussed the role of potable reuse in ensuring water sustainability for urban areas. Access the show online at http://greenisgoodradio.com/2016/03/urban-water-sustainability-the-role-of-potable-water-reuse.


Joan Rose Wins Stockholm Water Prize

Dr. Joan Rose, who received the NWRI Clarke Prize in 2001 for excellence in water research, was recently awarded the 2016 Stockholm Water Prize for her contributions to global public health through assessing the microbial risks associated with water supply. Rose holds the Homer Nowlin Chair in Water Research at Michigan State University and regarded as the world’s foremost authority foremost authority on the microorganism Cryptosporidium, an intestinal parasite.To learn more about Dr. Rose’s accomplishments and World Water Week, visit http://www.siwi.org/prizes/stockholmwaterprize/


Framework for Direct Potable Reuse - Ready for Download

The document, Framework for Direct Potable Reuse, is now available to help state regulatory agencies and utilities develop guidelines for safely converting wastewater into municipal drinking water through the emerging process of DPR. It was sponsored by the WateReuse Association and co-sponsored by NWRI, American Water Works Association, and Water Environment Federation. To learn more and download the document, click here.

NSF Workshop on Engaging the Environmental Community on Direct Potable Reuse - Presentations Available

A workshop to define the environmental community's role in implementing direct potable reuse (DPR) was held January 14, 2016, in Fountain Valley, CA.  The event was sponsored by the National Science Foundation, OC Coastkeeper, California Coastkeeper Alliance, and NWRI.  Click here to learn more and to access the presentations delivered at the workshop.


NWRI Panel on Onsite Water Systems

NWRI recently formed the Onsite Water Systems Independent Advisory Panel (IAP) on behalf of the project sponsors (San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, Water Environment Research Federation, WateReuse Research Foundation, and WateReuse). The goal of the project is to establish guidelines that can be used by public officials in developing programs to manage and oversee onsite water systems. The Panel met recently with project stakeholders to identify priorities for research and review.

Seminar on Direct Potable Reuse - Presentations Available

The Seminar on Direct Potable Reuse (DPR) in California was held September 23, 2015, in Berkeley, California. The purpose of the seminar was to discuss issues related to DPR that will be addressed by the Expert Panel organized for the California State Water Resources Control Board’s Division of Drinking Water.  The seminar was dedicated to the memory of Dr. Robert Cooper, Professor Emeritus at UC Berkeley and pioneer in water recycling. Visit the Seminar web page to download the presentations.


NWRI Panel on Desalination Subsurface Intakes for West Basin

This NWRI Independent Advisory Panel met on November 15, 2015, to continue its review of the West Basin Municipal Water District's Subsurface Intake Feasibility Guidance Manual. The Manual will be a tool agencies can use to perform a desktop feasibility analysis of seawater subsurface intakes based on case-by-case observations and available data from public or private sources.  Click here for more information.


Presentations are available from the International Conference on Emerging Water Desalination Technologies in Municipal and Industrial Applications, held Aug. 28-29, in San Diego, CA. Click here to access the webpage.


2015 Drought Response Workshop - Presentations Available

Presentation slides are now available from the 2015 Drought Workshop, sponsored by the California Department of Water Resources, the Southern California Water Committee, and NWRI.  The purpose of this workshop was to address drought planning, response, and mitigation measures. Cllick here to download the presentation slides.


2014 Clarke Lecture by David Sedlak on "Delivering the Fourth Water Revolution"

The 2014 Clarke Prize Lecture, delivered by David L. Sedlak, Ph.D. of UC Berkeley, focuses on strategies for developing and implementing new technologies that we can use to provide our cities with a reliable water supply while also protecting public health and the environment. Sedlak presented the Lecture at the 21st Annual NWRI Athalie Richardson Irvine Clarke Prize for excellence in water research, held on November 7, 2014. Click here to access the Lecture.


Become a Sponsor of the NWRI Clarke Prize Conference and Award Ceremony

We invite you to become a sponsor of the Clarke Prize Conference and Award Ceremony. The conference will feature presentations from Clarke Prize Laureates, water and wastewater utility representatives, and other well-known professionals in the water industry. More information about Clarke Prize sponsorship can be found at www.clarkeprize.com.


NWRI Drought Resources Webpage

NWRI has developed a webpage providing information and resources regarding drought from various workshops, projects, and conferences we have facilitated. As the western United States faces persistent drought conditions, these resources provide opportunities to address drought preparation and solutions. Click here to visit the NWRI Drought Resources webpage.


Jeff Mosher of NWRI Stars in Central Basin MWD Video on Direct Potable Reuse (2013)

"Recycled Water To Faucets?" is the theme of a short video prepared by the Central Basin Municipal Water District in August 2013. To some, recycled water raises a "yuck factor." Jeff Mosher, NWRI Executive Director, talks about the challenges and perceptions of recycled water. It's all part of a "behind the scenes" look at Central Basin's Caucus Speakers. Watch the video on YouTube. To learn more about Direct Potable Reuse, click here.


NWRI Releases Two Reports on Assessing Recycled Water Criteria for State of California (2013)

NWRI has released two Independent Advisory Panel reports that evaluate different aspects of recycled water criteria for the State of California. One provides conclusions as to whether recycled water used to irrigate food crops in California is sufficiently protective of public health, while the second evaluates the suitability of a potential analytical technique (BDOC) to assess water quality during the recycled water treatment process.  View all available panel reports here.


Join Now - NWRI Invites Companies to Join NWRI Corporate Associates Program

If you are a company in the water industry, please consider joining the NWRI Corporate Associates Program, which promotes collaboration and information exchange between our corporate partners, member agencies, and colleagues in the water industry. Membership fees are used to fund NWRI fellowships. Click here for more information or to sign up.


Summary Report from the Salinity Management Study Update Workshop (2012)

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, and Southern California Salinity Coalition (SCSC) held a workshop in June 2012 in Los Angeles to revisit salinity challenges and potential solutions to salinity management issues in Southern California. Presentations, handouts, and the workshop report are available to download. Click here for more information, or click here to download the report. NWRI administers SCSC.


Challenging Water Projects Benefit from NWRI “Expert Panel” Review

For agencies considering the development and implementation of a challenging water project or program, an NWRI “Independent Advisory Panel” can provide the guidance and credibility needed to make appropriate project decisions and develop good public policy. Click here to learn more about the NWRI Panel process.


Hold Your Next Conference or Workshop with NWRI

NWRI is seeking partners to hold conferences or workshops on topics in water, wastewater, and water resources. Our events are streamlined, cost-effective, and well-organized, with the goal of providing training and information to address relevant issues in the water industry. Click here for more information about holding a conference or workshop with NWRI.


NWRI White Paper on Benefits of Direct Potable Reuse

This 20-page NWRI White Paper  (Jan. 2012) focuses on a case study in Southern California to highlight the potential benefits accrued for agriculture, environmental preservation and enhancement, and energy conservation through the application of direct potable reuse. The white paper was prepared by researchers at the University of California, Davis. Click here to download the report. More information about DPR can be found on our water reuse page.


Use Consumer Confidence Report to Build the Utility Brand

The Utility Branding Network (UBN) has a 2-page tool and checklist called, “Using the Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) to Build a Positive Brand,” that can help water utilities use the CCR to build confidence in tap water and public trust in the utility. Click here to download the UBN Tool. For more information about the Utility Branding Network, which is administered by NWRI, please visit www.utilitybranding.net.



New Report Summarizes Research, Issues Surrounding Direct Potable Reuse

The Water Environment & Reuse Foundation recently released a report entitled  Potable Reuse Research Compilation: Synthesis of Findings, which summarizes research and synthesizes the key issues surrounding direct potable reuse (DPR). NWRI provided administrative and editorial management of the report. Download a PDF of the report.

Call for Nominations: 2017 Clarke Prize 

NWRI is now accepting nominations for the NWRI Clarke Prize Award for Excellence in Water Research. The 2017 Clarke Prize Award Ceremony and Conference will be held October 19-20 in Irvine, California. Nomination forms are available at http://www.nwri-usa.org/nominations.htm.

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