to undertake the research and information
collection partnership set forth in the
TCR AIP. The partnership will identify
and prioritize research and information
collection needs for the seven key DSWQ
challenge areas identified in the AIP,
including but not limited to areas relevant
to the DSWQ strategic initiative. (These
seven areas were discussed in more detail
in the October–December 2008 [Volume
18, Number 6] edition of Drinking Water
Research.) Research planning will involve
a broad range of stakeholders and experts
under the direction of a steering committee
assembled by USEPA and the Foundation.
In effect, the partnership will serve as a
source of research ideas for the Foundation
to consider through its existing research
planning activities, including those of the
DSWQ initiative and the Solicited Program.
Challenges associated with DSWQ are
not new. Drinking water utilities have
successfully managed water quality in
their distribution systems for many years.
A variety of factors, however, have brought
increased attention in recent years to DSWQ
issues. The Foundation has committed
to solving several of these issues through
a focused DSWQ strategic initiative, and
continues to help utilities address the full
range of DSWQ issues through targeted
projects in its other research programs.
Collaboration on DSWQ research with
USEPA and other stakeholder organizations
leverages subscriber funding and helps
ensure that future rulemaking activities are
underpinned by sound science.
The remainder of this Drinking Water
Research special issue details the results
of completed and ongoing Foundation
projects in a number of specific DSWQ