For a membership organization to be of value, it must focus on what’s important to the
people who join—and provide services in an expedient and fiscally responsible manner.
In this issue of Drinking Water Research, we explain how the Water Research Foundation
is working to achieve just that.
We take great care to fund research that addresses the most pressing and important
issues facing water providers. Our internal and external checks and balances process
guides the projects we select to fund.
Many project ideas originate from our subscribers, while others come from researchers and the regulatory community. Our
voluntary Research Advisory Committee (RAC) reviews these recommendations as does our Board of Trustees, comprised of
leading water utilities representatives. Once we select projects to fund, we launch a competitive bidding process to ensure we
hire the finest researchers at the best value for our subscribers.
More time-sensitive projects are placed in our Rapid Response Program, which fast-tracks funding to determine the magnitude
of an issue or the need for more research. Upon project completion, we immediately deliver our findings.
We continually develop and refine communications tools. We now provide our subscribers with critical information at a faster
rate by shifting to more electronic communications such as e-newsletters, Webcasts, and interactive reports.
In 2010, we will unveil our newly structured and designed Web site, recognizing it is one of the primary tools our subscribers,
congressional representatives, regulators, researchers, media, academia and water consumers use to locate our research and
other critical drinking water information.
We are committed to delivering research in a fiscally responsible manner. Read “Funding Water Research” to learn how the
Foundation funds studies and more about our future plans.
We hope this special edition of Drinking Water Research enlightens you on the important work we are doing on your behalf.
In this issue, you can learn more about progress we are making with our current strategic initiatives: climate change, endocrine
disruptors, and infrastructure.
During these tough economic times, it is more important than ever to pool together resources to ensure that water research
is not sacrificed.
David E. Rager
Chair, Board of Trustees
Robert C. Renner, P.E., D.E.E.