Commitment from U.S. government to a program complimentary to RES’EAU’s creates a North American-wide focus on the importance of solving problems for small water systems.
On September 9, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced over $8 million in funding to create two national centres for research and innovation in small- to medium-sized drinking water systems.
One of the recipients is the University of Colorado Boulder’s Design of Risk Reducing, Innovative Implementable Small System Knowledge (DeRISK) Center, which aims to develop and test advanced, low-cost methods to reduce, control and eliminate groups of water contaminants that present challenges to communities worldwide.
RES’EAU-WaterNET has a long history of collaboration and mutual support with the investigators behind the DeRISK Center. Its head, Prof. R. Scott Summers of UCB, serves on RES’EAU’s Scientific Advisory Committee, as do co-investigators Dr. Robin Collins of the University of New Hampshire and Dr. Karl G. Linden of UCB. The network has also frequently collaborated with Dr. Aaron Dotson of the University of Alaska Anchorage and Dr. Jim Malley of the University of New Hampshire, who is a past member of our Scientific Advisory Committee.
RES’EAU’s Scientific Director, Dr. Madjid Mohseni, will serve on DeRISK’s Scientific Advisory Committee, as well.
The DeRISK Center’s mission will be very similar to RES’EAU-WaterNET’s – developing innovative and practical solutions for challenges faced by smaller drinking water systems, which make up the majority of public water systems in the United States.
We look forward to further collaborations with the DeRISK team, and wish them all the best as they launch their important efforts to address the urgent needs of small water systems.
Pictured: Top row left to right: Dr. Benoit Barbeau, École Polytechnique de Montréal; Dr. Paul Westerhoff, Arizona State U; Dr. Aaron Dodson, U Alaska, Anchorage; Dr. Robin Collins , U New Hampshire. Bottom row left to right: Dr. Scott Summers, UCB, Dr. Karl Linden, UCB, Keyvan Maleki, RES’EAU-WaterNET, Dr. Madjid Mohseni, UBC and RES’EAU-WaterNET, Dr. Graham Gagnon, Dalhousie U, Dr. Ed McBean, U Guelph. The photo is from a workshop on USA-Canada Small Water System Research Collaboration, held in Boulder Colorado (July 9-10, 2012).