Recycled Water Research

The State Water Board is working with members of the recycled water community to identify knowledge gaps regarding specific topics in recycled water research, including potable and non-potable applications, to better understand recycled water research funding priorities. The Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 (2014 Bond Law, Proposition 1) provides grant and low interest financing for water recycling projects. The State Water Board may dedicate up to two percent of the Proposition 1 funding allocated to recycled water, as well as two percent of repayments from Proposition 1 funded water recycling construction loans, to recycled water research and development as set forth in section 79144 of the Water Code. The availability of Proposition 1 funding has provided the State Water Board with the opportunity to continue to advance recycled water research to ensure recycled water is protective of the environment and human health.

  • NEW! - A targeted Request for Qualifications (RFQ) has been released for a pathogen sampling program under Component 2 of Grant Agreement No. D1705002. See “Request for Proposals” tab for more details.

The State Water Board awarded Grant No. D1705002 to the Water Research Foundation (WRF). The grant agreement funds research to enhance the understanding of direct potable reuse in California. The outcomes of research Component 2 of this agreement will provide guidance on pathogen monitoring requirements for direct potable reuse recycled water projects. WRF released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to solicit qualifications of interested laboratories to implement a pathogen sampling program that is part of the Component 2 research. The RFQ can be found on WRF’s website. Interested laboratories must submit their qualifications to WRF by July 17,th at 5:00pm EDT.

The Water Research Foundation uses an online management system for proposal submissions. Included in the Useful Documents section are FAQs and a Proposal Submission Tutorial document. Note: It can take up to 48 business hours to provide credentials to new users.


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