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Submit a proposal for the Focus Area Program Online

The Water Research Foundation is accepting proposals only online for the following projects at  To begin the process of submitting a proposal online, you will need a website login and the name or RFP# of the project for which you want to submit a proposal.  Information about submitting a proposal online is contained in the RFP. 

RFP_4662Challenges and Practical Approaches to Water Reuse Pricing
Evaluate water reuse pricing challenges and practical approaches to reuse pricing.
6/15/2016 5:00 PM
RFP_4663Workforce Skills of the Future: New skills, new tools, new challenges
This project is a collaborative effort between Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA), Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (WERF), and Water Research Foundation (WRF) to prepare utilities for the workforce changes anticipated as they implement increased automation and smart water technologies. It will examine changing job requirements for the workforce of the future at key stages leading up to the year 2040. It will also explore various means of attracting and training both new and existing workers to fill these more skilled positions.
6/15/2016 5:00 PM
RFP_4666Case Study Compilation on Applying Risk Management Principles and Innovative Technologies to Effectively Manage Deteriorating Infrastructure
This project will compile case study examples from utility programs and projects on strategies and tools to manage deteriorating water system infrastructure, especially those efforts that involve the management of risk and the use of innovative condition assessment and renewal technologies.
6/15/2016 5:00 PM
RFP_4667Long Term Water Demand Forecasting Practices for Water Resources and Infrastructure Planning
Describe models, methods and practices currently used to forecast long-term demand in support of water resources and infrastructure planning and management. To the extent possible, discuss how current practices have evolved over time. Consider the accuracy of different forecasting approaches by comparing actual with model-estimated demands and comment on the relative effectiveness of different approaches. Identify the extent to which forecasting models, methods, practices and communications actually influence decisions about utility plans and actions. Develop recommendations that will help improve the role and effectiveness of demand forecasting practices and different types of communication strategies on water resource and infrastructure planning and decision-making.
7/13/2016 5:00 PM
RFP_4668Managing Water and Wastewater Utility Data to Reduce Energy Consumption and Cost
The project will provide guidance to water and wastewater utilities on leading practices for automated data collection and management to reduce energy consumption and cost of pumping operations and treatment processes. The project will:
• Identify data sets of value for water and wastewater utilities to reduce energy consumption and cost of pumping operations and treatment processes
• Identify data acquisition, communication, and storage requirements from various Information Technology (IT) and Operational Technology (OT) components, including remote data monitoring systems, with a focus on Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) and Energy Management Systems
• Assess methods of data transmission, collection, and storage options, and discuss pros and cons of each
• Identify data analytics, platforms, and display methods that will support reduction in energy consumption and cost of water and wastewater pumping operations and treatment processes.
6/15/2016 5:00 PM
RFP_4669Biological Filtration: NDMA Control or Source of Precursors?
• Develop a better mechanistic understanding of the impact of biofiltration on NDMA precursors.
• Provide guidance to utilities to control the formation of NDMA during biofiltration while
minimizing potential unintended consequences.
7/13/2016 5:00 PM
RFP_4683Sources and Fate of Taste-and-Odor Causing Compounds in the Missouri River
The project will identify and summarize knowledge and information to improve the understanding of the biological and chemical sources and fate of taste-and-odor causing compounds in the Missouri River between Gavins Point Dam, Nebraska and St. Louis, Missouri. The knowledge and information will form the foundation for an early warning monitoring system that will help water utilities that draw source water from this target region of the Missouri River to predict the potential for an algal bloom, prepare for taste-and-odor challenges, and manage operations to mitigate taste-and-odor in treated drinking water.  The project will also identify the necessary components of a regional communication network for watershed stakeholders to share information and data.
6/15/2016 5:00 PM