U of I receiving EPA funding, along with 4 other Institutions, for Water Reuse

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today, March 22, five institutions received funding to research human and ecological health impacts associated with water reuse and conservation practices.

Institutions received funding through EPA’s Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program. The five institutions awarded the funding received a total of $3.3 million between them. Those institutions are: the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Utah State University, University of Nevada - Las Vegas, University of California Riverside and the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF).

EPA Science Advisor and Deputy Assistant, Thomas A. Burke says the research announced on Tuesday will help the EPA manage and make efficient use of the water supply in the long term.

“Increasing demand for water resources is putting pressure on the finite supply of drinking water in some areas of the United States,” Burke explains.

According to EPA officials, water conservation practices that promote water reuse are becoming increasingly important, especially in the western United States, where factor such as climate change, extreme drought and population growth are decreasing water availability.

The research being done through the five institutions and EPA will evaluate how reclaimed water applications such as drinking water reuse, replenishing groundwater and irrigation can affect public and ecological health.

EPA announced these grants in conjunction with the White House Water Summit, which was held to raise awareness of water issues and potential solutions in the United States.

More information about these grants is available here.

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