As the world slows down to adjust to our current economic downturn, many are
re-evaluating their lives, needs, and wants. The Water Research Foundation continues
to find new ways to provide subscribers with valuable water-related research.
In times like these, it has become more critical to examine our current economic
situation and focus on what we already have, and not what we think we need or want.
Call it what you will, the concept of ‘repurposing’ gives us the opportunity to promote
the wealth of information that is already stored behind the doors at the Water
In addition to the multitude of research studies generated each year at the Foundation,
there are over one thousand support documents available for your use.
Current Webcast technology allows us to transfer valuable research findings at a cost savings to you, our subscribers.
Our Webcasts are exclusive to subscribers and are available around the world. They save travel time and allow for more
subscribers to take advantage of our research findings. Rebroadcasting Webcasts from our Web site allows for many
more users to see, to listen, and to learn.
Strategically targeted research, organizational accountability, and transparent communications are all goals of the
Water Research Foundation. The following are examples:
Eight projects were reviewed by the Foundation’s board of trustees, and approved for funding in the Unsolicited •
Program at the June Board meeting. The Unsolicited Program focuses on fundamental research that has the potential
to lead to practical applications for utilities. This program relies on ideas that are developed externally and submitted
to the Foundation in the form of research proposals for funding consideration.
The Research Advisory Council (RAC) recently met in Denver to achieve greater coordination among projects. Forty- •
one projects worth $8.5M were identified as high priority. This represents roughly 200 percent of the available budget
for 2010. During the next several months, staff will work with the RAC to finalize the project descriptions
Expert panel members for our three key initiatives on climate change, distribution system water quality, and EDC/PPCP •
also met in order to prioritize issues for 2010 funding. Sixteen projects worth over $2.8M were identified. During the
next several months, staff will work with those members to finalize the project descriptions for presentation to the
board in January 2010.
We look for ways to communicate the knowledge and findings we already have and carefully assess and allocate research
dollars for the greater good. We do it so that our valued partners and stakeholders benefit from a well thought out, fiscally
The Water Research Foundation is committed to serving our subscribers and stakeholders with valuable, timely research
that will positively support the needs of the water community today and for years to come.
David E. Rager
Chair, Board of Trustees
Robert C. Renner, P.E., D.E.E.