WERF Receives Self-Sustaining Funding

December 25, 2015


On Sept. 29, the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF; Alexandria, Va.), Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD; Virginia Beach, Va.), and DC Water (Washington, D.C.) entered into an agreement that will provide self-sustaining funding for WERF research.

The restricted fund, known as the WERF Research Fund, will be built from revenue generated from licensing a novel process-and-control apparatus for the removal of nitrogen from wastewater. A committee of five members from the organizations will manage the fund.

WERF will administer the fund, which is intended to

  • fund research identified by DC Water, HRSD, and WERF as within the mission of WERF;
  • assist DC Water and HRSD in meeting their National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System requirements;
  • improve the quality of biosolids produced;
  • improve the overall operation of DC Water and HRSD’s respective facilities; and
  • benefit the wastewater sector.
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