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American Water Works Association Research Foundation (AwwaRF). Kenan Ozekin, Ph.D. Project Manager. Mission: Advancing the science of water to improve the quality of life. Centralized research program for the entire water industry >900 subscribers Research agenda set by subscribers.

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American Water Works Association Research Foundation(AwwaRF)

Kenan Ozekin, Ph.D.

Project Manager


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Mission:Advancing the science of waterto improve the quality of life

  • Centralized research program

    for the entire water industry

  • >900 subscribers

  • Research agenda set

    by subscribers


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Research Summary

  • Total research value - >$250 million

  • 2001 research value - $27 million

  • 680 research projects

    • 375 published reports

    • 305 ongoing projects

    • 65 new projects in 2001


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Where does funding come from?

Other

10%

>900 Voluntary

Subscribers

67%

Congress

23%


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Where does it go?

Other Partnerships

10%

Tailored

Collaboration

15%

Solicited

60%

Unsolicited

15%


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SOLICITED PROGRAM

  • Focus – applied research

  • Issues received (by May):

    Subscribing Utilities Topic/Issue Groups

    AWWA Committees Conference Roundtables

  • Research agenda developed

    Research Advisory Committee (RAC) defines projects(May – October)

    Board of Trustees approves funding at January Board meeting

    RFPs posted by March, proposals due by July

  • Project guidance:

    Project Advisory Committees (PAC) – 3 to 5 experts

    AwwaRF Project Management


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Unsolicited Program

  • Focus on basic research

  • No set agenda – open request

  • Process:

    • Unsolicited Proposal Review Committee

    • Pre-proposals due in February

    • Limited invitation for full proposals

    • Selection announced at June BOT meeting (AWWA Annual Conference)

    • PACs identified, projects contracted


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Tailored Collaboration

  • Focus on applied research

  • Agenda sponsored by subscribing utility

    • Team may include consultants, universities, others

    • AwwaRF provides matching up to $100,000

    • Program funding provided at January BOT meeting


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Current High-Interest Topics

  • Utility Security

  • Distribution System Water Quality

  • Distribution System Repair and Replacement

  • Customer and Public Outreach

  • Emerging Contaminants (EDC/PhAC, algal toxins, perchlorate)

  • Arsenic

  • Water supply sustainability


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AwwaRF Survey Results*

  • Project 2527 - Design of Early Warning and Predictive Source-Water Monitoring Systems

  • Survey of 153 utilties

  • 65% of the plants- at least one significant water contamination

  • Commonly Found Contaminants

    • Oil and petroleum products, algal, bacteriological, particulates, ammonia, VOCs, insecticides/pesticides/herbicides


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Survey Results, continued…

  • Source of contamination

    • industrial spills, agricultural runoff, sewage treatment plants, seasonal runoff, low flow conditions, boat spills

  • Warning time

    • 23% - never had sufficient warning time

    • 16% - had sufficient warning time

    • 56% - insufficient warning time


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Survey Results, continued…

  • Mechanism to identify contaminant

    • monitoring stations maintained by utility

    • upstream observers

    • report by discharger of the contaminant

  • Monitoring

    • 25% plants monitoring beyond those required by regulation

    • less than 50% have any types of early warning system in place


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Current AwwaRF Projects

  • Design of Early Warning and Predictive Source-Water Monitoring Systems (project 2527) – PI: Walter Grayman

  • On-line Monitoring (project 2545)

  • Practical Application of On-Line Monitoring (project 2516) – PI: Michelle Frey

  • PipelineNet Case Application: Additional Functionality Review (project 2922) – PI: William Samuels


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Current AwwaRF Projects

  • Advancement of Early Warning System Technologies (project 2852) – PI: William Heineman

  • Early Warning Monitoring (project 2779) – PI: Hans van der Eem

  • Extraction Methods For Early/Real-Time Warning Systems for Biological Agents (Project 2908 - new RFP)


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Project 2527- Design of Early Warning and Predictive Source-Water Monitoring Systems

  • PI: Walter Grayman

    Objectives

  • To provide water utilities with information so that they can better assess the needs, options, and design and operation of early warning and source water monitoring


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Project 2545 - On-line Monitoring for Drinking Water Utilities

  • Cooperative research report with Proaqua

    Objectives

  • Provide a detailed information about available online technologies

  • Advantages and disadvantages of online monitoring

  • Compare and contrast the European and North American experiences

  • Define research and development priorities

  • Identify emerging technologies


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Project 2516 - Practical Application of On-Line Monitoring Utilities

  • PI: Michelle Frey

    Objectives

  • Status of online instrument use in U.S. water utilities

  • Various methods for the evaluation of online monitoring performance

  • Development of Standard Operating Procedure


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Project 2516 - Practical Application of On-Line Monitoring Utilities

  • Survey of Online Monitoring Practices

    • What types of analytical online instruments are being used?

    • What are the predominant instrument applications?

    • Are instruments regularly calibrated?

    • At what frequency are checks performed?

    • How many hours are dedicated to instrument support?


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Survey Results Utilities


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Survey Results Utilities


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Project 2922: PipelineNet Case Application: Additional Functionality Review

  • PI: William Samuels

    Objectives

  • Case application and review of strengths/weaknesses of PipelineNet to address distribution system security needs particularly for monitoring and projecting the fate and transport of potentially introduced contaminants in water distribution system.


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Project 2852 - Rapid Detection of Bioterrorism Agents in Water Supplies

  • PI: William Heineman

    Objectives

  • Use of Microbead-based immunoassay technique to monitor four classes of bioterrorism agents: toxins, spores, bacteria, and viruses under various water quality conditions

  • Establish limit of detection, ranges, and response times for four simulants using two methods of detection – electrochemistry and fluorescence


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Project 2779 – Early Warning Monitoring Water Supplies

  • PI: Hans van der Eem

  • Partnership project with KIWA

    Objectives

  • Identify the common parameters measured at the distribution system

  • Evaluate new and innovative systems


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Project 2908 - Extraction Methods For EWSs for Biological Agents

  • New RFP

  • Will be released by the end of this year

    Objectives

    To develop a large volume water extraction method for biological agents that is rapid and efficient and will enable the development of an early/real-time warning systems for use by water utilities in detecting biological contaminants in drinking water


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Project 2908 - Extraction Methods For EWSs for Biological Agents

  • RFP will not be released publicly

  • If you are interested in submitting a proposal please contact:

    Misha Hasan

    303-347-6122

    mhasan@awwarf.com


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Recommended Projects for 2003 Agents

ON-LINE MONITORING INSTRUMENTATION

Objectives: To develop performance criteria for on-line monitoring instrumentation. To determine chemical and microbial surrogates for evaluating and testing the performance of a select group of on-line instruments for possible detection of chemical or biological contaminants in the distribution system.


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Recommended Projects for 2003 Agents

BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN ON-LINE WATER QUALITY MONITORING AND AUTOMATED TREATMENT PROCESS CONTROL

Objective: Survey, review and document on-line monitoring practices and instrumentation used for automated treatment and distribution system control in drinking water systems worldwide to demonstrate the multiple benefits that can be realized from currently available technologies.


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Thank you Agents

Kenan Ozekin

303-347-6287

kozekin@awwarf.com

Web – www.awwarf.com