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American Water and WateReuse Foundation Join Forces
November 10, 2006

American Water, the largest water services provider in North America, recently announced it has signed a contract with The WateReuse Foundation to conduct a joint research project on the biostability of reclaimed water.

The project, titled “Microbiological Quality and Biostability of Reclaimed Water Following Storage and Distribution,” will study the biological components of water in reclaimed water systems, or those where wastewater is treated and reused for a number of environmental purposes, such as irrigation and grounds maintenance.

The American Water-WateReuse Foundation project will provide practical data for understanding how microbial regrowth in reclaimed distribution systems alters effluent microbial water quality – and how to control this regrowth. Total budget for the 30-month project is $500,335, with $300,000 in funds contributed by The WateReuse Foundation, and $200,335 of in-kind support from American Water and other participating organizations.

The end report will document cost-effective strategies to reduce the risks of regrowth in reclaimed water systems throughout the country. More information can be found by visiting

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