EPA Announces RFA and Supporting Webinars for Research and Demonstration of Innovative Drinking Water Treatment Technologies in Small Systems

EPA, as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications proposing to conduct research necessary to identify, develop and demonstrate novel and innovative treatment technologies and approaches for small public drinking water systems. Successful technologies should be robust, sustainable and be able to treat or mitigate groups of contaminants or contaminant precursors in drinking water sources and systems.

EPA is seeking new, or innovative, modifications of existing treatment technologies that can perform significantly better than current technologies. These technologies may include those which are used to retrofit or augment existing treatment trains; treatment practices or technologies aimed at contaminant or contaminant precursor reduction in source waters; and technologies used within the distribution system including point-of-use (POU) devices. Identifying technologies that have the potential to be “game-changing” may involve considering national and international sources as well as considering input from those who have not traditionally participated in environmental conversations, including Minority Academic Institutions (MAIs).

EPA is hosting three webinars to discuss this RFA, the general competition process and submission instructions.  The first was held on June 29.  The two subsequent webinars are scheduled for July 6th and July 13th.  Additional information on the webinars may be found on the NCER Calendar at:  http://www.epa.gov/ncer/dwwebinars/

The RFA submission period closes on August 25, 2011.  For additional information about the program and the process, please go to:  http://www.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2011/2011_star_drinkingwater.html

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