Technology Validation

Our Technology Validation Program provides technical assistance and third-party peer review to validate and publish data on new technology performance. The goal is to assess how technology components function against intent / design claims in real water and wastewater systems in order to provide managers, operators, regulators, and others with the data they need to make informed decisions. Validations are not an endorsement of the technology; however, they do provide critical information needed on how to integrate new technologies into collection, treatment, and distribution systems. At the conclusion of the validation, we will publish the results and make them broadly available to the water community.


  1. Assemble the validation panel
  2. Develop and refine the test plan for the validation
  3. Plan, schedule, and facilitate validation panel meetings
  4. Prepare the validation panel products, including the validation report and letter


Test Site

Validations must be performed under real-world operating conditions. Teams may come with an already-selected test site, or we can work with interested technology providers to identify and select an appropriate test site.

Validation Panel

We will convene and manage a group of up to five experts in the appropriate field to review and accept the experimental design, interim data, and final report.

Report & Letter

At the conclusion of the evaluation, WRF will publish and make publicly available the peer-reviewed report that will contain details on the experimental design, data collection, analysis, and conclusions as well as general information on the technology’s function and applications. This report will be accompanied by a Validation Letter that provides a summary of the report results. All data reports will be housed in the WRF Tech Link platform.

Case Studies

  • Opti

    Date: 2012–2014
    Contact: Marcus Quiqley, CEO, Opti

    The goal of this project was to evaluate innovative approaches to stormwater management with respect to conventional practices—specifically the effectiveness of decentralized stormwater infrastructure control using the OptiNimbus technology. The research and validation project provided data that bolstered the deployment of OptiNimbus as a commercial solution. Opti has now grown to 130 commercial installations in 21 states in the United States.

  • Sidestream Deammonification Collaboration

    MWRDGC and Denver Metro Wastewater Reclamation District

    Date: 2012–2015
    Contact: Fidan Karimova, Innovation Program Manager, The Water Research Foundation

    In 2012, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago was zeroing in on better ways to remove nitrogen from their wastewater. It was part of their 10-year plan to become energy neutral. At the time, centrate at the Egan facility had such high ammonia nitrogen loads that it could not be returned to the mainstream without jeopardizing compliance with permit limits. To ensure that centrate management could continue at the Egan site, Chicago-MWRD needed to find a way to drive down ammonia loads—and they began looking at sidestream nitrogen removal technologies as a solution.

  • Genifuel

    Date: 2015–2016
    Contact: Jim Oyler, CEO, Genifuel

    This project helped determine if hydrothermal processing (HTP) technology has potential to treat wastewater solids. With financial and technical support of ten utilities, the project evaluated the performance of Genifuel’s HTP technology. An independent contractor, Leidos, was selected by WRF through a competitive process to oversee the evaluation, including the experimental design, review and analysis of data, and development of the evaluation report.  Regulators from US EPA and staff from DOE participated in the pilot project. Based upon this design work, a pilot unit is underway at Metro Vancouver in Vancouver, Canada and at Central Contra Costa Sanitary District near San Francisco, California.

  • Perlemax

    Date: 2017–Present
    Contact: Paul Kadota, Program Manager for Utility Research and Innovation, Metro Vancouver

    This technology validation project will provide an independent third-party peer review of the Perlemax fluidic oscillation technology for wastewater treatment aeration. The Perlemax technology produces bubbles one-fifth the normal size—increasing the surface area to volume ratio and reducing the aeration energy demand. This project seeks to validate performance claims with data generated from a pilot scale apparatus at Metro Vancouver’s Annacis Research Centre in British Columbia, Canada. The validation panel is being formed now.


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