Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) Seeks Proposals for Research on Sensors in the Global Water Industry

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On Behalf of Eleven Organizations from Europe, Asia, Australia, and Africa

The primary goal is to identify and document information on the types, costs, and real-world experiences of the global water industry with the use of commercially available online sensors in water collection, treatment and distribution systems.

The global water sector faces a number of challenges to deliver safe drinking water, provide adequate urban drainage and sanitation, and to manage and treat wastewater. The challenges include the growing demand due to urbanization, more strict water quality standards, problems related to aging and sometimes disintegration of existing water infrastructure and extremes in climatic conditions. Sensors can provide critical information for management, treatment, and operation of water systems and help meet these challenges. Yet, it is believed that a significant amount of information on the water sector’s experiences with sensors is currently not in the public domain.

On behalf of the Global Water Research Coalition (GWRC), the Water Environment Research Foundation(WERF) seeks proposals to provide guidance on sensor technologies; on their current use, deployment, and efficacy in the water industry. The primary goal is to identify and document information on the types, costs, and real-world experiences of the global water industry with the use of commercially available online sensors in water collection, treatment and distribution systems. Partners for this research include organizations from Australia, Singapore, Europe, South Africa, and the U.S. WERF seeks proposals from a well-qualified global team of experts, and/or those with experience working on projects requiring global collaboration.

Ultimately, this project is intended to find, analyze, synthesize, and share the real-world experience at water and wastewater utilities through case studies. It will help the water sector community as well as technology providers better understand the practical needs and gaps, the size of the market, and ways to work better together to develop and apply sensors to manage water systems more effectively and efficiently.

The request for proposals and complete instructions are available here. Contact Senior Program Director Dr. Amit Pramanik at (571) 384-2101 or apramanik(at)werf(dot)org for additional information. All pre- proposals are due in WERF's offices by 4:00 p.m. EDT, Wednesday, May 23, 2012.

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The Water Environment Research Foundation, a nonprofit organization formed in 1989, is America's leading independent scientific research organization dedicated to wastewater and stormwater issues.

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