OCWD AWARDED GRANTS FOR GLOBAL WATER PURIFICATION RESEARCH by Orange County Water District Aug 21, 2019 Member Submitted News FOUNTAIN VALLEY –The Orange County Water District (OCWD; the District) has been named as an awardee of four new grants for research and development. These 2019 grants highlight global and national partnerships OCWD has formed with other industry leaders at the forefront of water purification technologies. “OCWD’s research and development staff are involved with promising new methods and technologies worldwide,” said OCWD President Vicente Sarmiento. “Collaboration with top universities and international experts is important in moving water research forward. We are honored to be awarded this funding that supports advancements in potable reuse.” The United States Bureau of Reclamation awarded OCWD and partner Stanford University with over $168,000 in funds. Approximately $120,000 of the grant is designated specifically for OCWD. The grant proposal was submitted in fall 2018 and the project is entitled “Evaluation of Peroxide Disinfectants for Biofouling Control of UF and RO Membranes as a Non-Toxic Alternative to Chlorine.” Research will determine whether peracetic acid is effective at reducing the formation of toxic disinfection by-products in advanced water treatment facilities generating water for potable reuse. Evoqua Water Technologies is providing ultrafiltration membranes and pilot technical support for the project. In May, Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) awarded a grant to Yokogawa Electric Corporation for the development of a more rapid method for measuring viruses in water. METI named OCWD as a subawardee in the grant, along with the National Water Research Institute (NWRI). The District will receive a $25,000 portion of the grant to provide a technical review of Yokogawa’s method, including an evaluation of the method’s application in the water reuse industry with regards to membrane integrity. The grant will be used, in part, to bring OCWD research and development staff to the University of Arizona this fall for a demonstration of the new method. Earlier this year, OCWD received grants from The Water Research Foundation ($75,000) and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California Future Supply Actions Funding Program ($150,000) to evaluate virus log removal in wastewater treatment for potable reuse with study partners Orange County Sanitation District, Michigan State University and NWRI. To read more about OCWD’s work in research and development, please visit https://www.ocwd.com/what-we-do/research-development/.