With only three months remaining in its Investing in Your Future Capital Campaign, the Water Quality Research Foundation (WQRF) is eager to kick off its next research project. In an effort to add transparency to its project selection process, the WQRF Research Advisory Committee (RAC) is seeking comments from industry stakeholders. The Committee will review all comments before making its final recommendation to the WQRF on which project to move forward with first.

 

A long list of potential research projects was compiled over the last two years through discussions with hundreds of industry leaders and Water Quality Association (WQA) members. The WQRF Research Advisory Committee was then formed and charged with prioritizing all the projects on that list.

 

The following projects were identified as WQRF’s highest priorities for 2015:

 

Proposed Project Concept A: Survey of Water Quality Needs and/or Preferences
For this proposed research project, WQRF would commission a comprehensive, nation­wide study/survey to understand and quantify customer knowledge, perceptions, needs, preferences of water treatment devices as they relate to drinking, washing or general use.

 

Proposed Project Concept B: Assessment of Emerging Technologies
For this proposed research project, WQRF would assess the capabilities of emerging technologies by conducting benchmarking programs.

 

Click here to learn more about the two proposed projects.

 

All comments must be submitted via email to Kimberly Redden at kredden@wqa.org by 5 p.m. on Thursday, February 12. If you decide to submit a comment, you may be asked to participate in the next RAC conference call, which will take place on February 20, to clarify or provide additional information.

 

If the WQRF decides to approve funding for one of the proposed projects, a task force will be formed to help oversee its implementation. WQRF is seeking prospective volunteers for these research task forces, and interested parties are instructed to also contact Kimberly Redden.