The Centre invested in three projects, focussed on challenges common to Australia and the US in relation to recycling water for drinking. The projects examined: sensor data for real time decision making, predicting the impact of extreme conditions on pathogen removal, and developing a triple bottom line methodology for assessing direct potable reuse.
SENSOR DATA FOR REAL TIME DECISION MAKING
Led by US-company Black & Veatch, this project will integrate management of sensor data to allow for real time decision making and enhanced response times. Key to this project is the development
of an operational decisions support tool that incorporates a diverse number of sensors for timely feedback of alerts due to excursions of water quality within the treatment process.
PREDICTING THE IMPACT OF EXTREME CONDITIONS ON PATHOGEN REMOVAL
This project, led by American Water, seeks to establish pathogen Log reduction credits for wastewater treatment plants using various statistical techniques to predict how extreme conditions impact pathogen removal in relation to Direct Potable Reuse. The project
will provide a more accurate picture of the microbial treatment requirements by addressing the concentration of pathogens in wastewater and provide data relevant to the protection of public health.
THE TRIPLE BOTTOM LINE FOR DIRECT POTABLE REUSE
Led by Hazen and Sawer in conjunction with the University of New South Wales, this project will develop a methodology for comprehensive analysis (Triple Bottom Line assessment) of alternate water supply projects compared to Direct Potable Reuse. The assessment will encompass the full range of potential economic, environmental, and social impacts of DPR and other water supply options. The methodology will be applied to four case studies in the US and Australia.
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