American Water Receives WateReuse Research Foundation Grant for Desalination Project
VOORHEES, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
American Water Works Company, Inc. (NYSE:AWK), the largest publicly
traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company, announced today that
it received a grant from the WateReuse Research Foundation to conduct a
joint research project with Drexel University to measure and reduce
biological fouling on membrane filters in desalination applications. The
project is titled, "Application of the Bioluminescent Saltwater
Assimilable Organic Carbon (AOC) Test as a Tool for Identifying and
Reducing Reverse-Osmosis (RO) Membrane Fouling in Desalination."
American Water is partnering with Dr. Charles Haas, LD Betz Professor of
Environmental Engineering and Head of the Department of Civil,
Architectural and Environmental Engineering at Drexel University, to
monitor the biological fouling potential using a recently developed tool
for measuring readily biodegradable components in seawater. The
desalination industry will benefit from improved membrane operations by
monitoring and controlling biodegradable matter in the pretreatment
process. RO membrane desalination is on the rise but the industry
continues to be plagued by problems with membrane fouling, which
increases the operation, maintenance, and replacement costs of the
The total value of the project is $248,170, with $98,452 funded by the
WateReuse Research Foundation and $149,718 in-kind contribution from the
research partners. American Water will directly receive $35,000 to pay
for analytical costs, labor and other research costs.
"We are pleased that the WateReuse Research Foundation has provided the
opportunity to apply our recently developed rapid test for measuring AOC
in seawater," said Lauren Weinrich, senior research analyst for American
Water's Innovation and Environmental Stewardship department, and Ph.D.
student in environmental engineering at Drexel University. "By reducing
the rate of membrane replacement and avoiding increased cleaning costs,
desalination facilities will be able to operate in a more sustainable
The project team will consist of Dr. Haas as Principal Investigator and
American Water's Dr. Mark LeChevallier, Director of Innovation and
Environmental Stewardship, as Co-Principal Investigator. Lauren Weinrich
will serve as the project manager.
About the WateReuse Research Foundation
The WateReuse Research Foundation is an educational, non-profit public
benefit corporation that serves as a centralized organization for the
water and wastewater community to advance the science of water reuse,
recycling, reclamation and desalination. The Foundation sponsors applied
research which addresses the full range of scientific, technical,
policy, and social science issues related to water reuse and
desalination. For more information, visit www.watereuse.org.
About Drexel University
Founded in 1891 in Philadelphia, Drexel is the nation's 14th largest
private university and is ranked in the category of Best National
Universities in "America's Best Colleges" by U.S. News & World Report.
Drexel is widely recognized for its focus on experiential learning
through its co-operative education program, technology and use-inspired
research. For more information, visit www.Drexel.edu.
About American Water
Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest publicly traded U.S.
water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees,
N.J., the company employs approximately 7,000 dedicated professionals
who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an
estimated 15 million people in more than 30 states and parts of Canada.
More information can be found at www.amwater.com.
Denise Venuti Free, External Communications Manager
Source: American Water Works Company, Inc.
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