What did the Trinity River Tailored Collaboration
project set out to accomplish?
Trinity River’s Tailored Collaboration project tested differ-
ent filter media with a focus on whether manganese would
be retained on the filter media as they were converted to
biofilters. It also looked at different substrates to be added
to the filters to see where the best optimization came from.
geosmin, MIB, and manganese. It also allows us to deal
with the other assimilable organic carbons (AOC) that
we needed to remove prior to sending the treated water
to the distribution system. This will help us effectively
convert to ozone as the primary disinfection method.
What are the benefits of the study to Trinity River
Authority? What have you gained?
We have learned that the way that we operate the filters
is very important. Engineered biofiltration allows us
to optimize the filter removal of organic compounds,
Has Trinity River Authority converted fully to
What are the benefits of doing a Tailored
Trinity River Authority has not fully converted to biofiltra-
tion. We just concluded our full-scale pilot on four filters
out of 24. Once we receive that final study of our full-scale
pilot, we will create the plan to move to biofiltration.
Collaboration project with the Water Research
Doing the Tailored Collaboration allows us to work in
partnership with the Water Research Foundation. WRF
promotes the research and helps identify partners that
might be interested in collaborating on the research.
Another benefit of doing a Tailored Collaboration
project with WRF is the way that the project is administered, with the support of a Project Advisory Committee
(PAC). The PAC is a panel of experts who are very familiar
with the topic you are studying. The PAC examines the
research and helps ensure that it is an unbiased research
project. The PAC helps you think of things maybe
you or your investigative team hadn’t considered.
Why does Trinity River Authority subscribe to the
Water Research Foundation?
The Trinity River Authority subscribes to the Water
Research Foundation because the Water Research
Foundation is internationally recognized as a source
for sound water-related science. Our subscription
allows us to benefit from others’ research as well
as to collaborate on research. By subscribing to the
Water Research Foundation, we get the benefit of
all of that research, instead of the huge bill if we
tried to conduct all of that research on our own.
I think the Water Research Foundation provides
a good value to its subscribers by providing state-of-the-art research to its subscribers so that they
can continue to serve their communities with the
best possible science-based water treatment.