Wastewater Treatment Technologies & Water Reuse
There is a growing demand for safe, reliable, and cost-effective reclaimed wastewater and stormwater.
Treatment Technology research is tied closely to:
- Disinfection Byproducts Rule
- Information Collection Rule, and
- Lead and Copper Rule.
EPA research is focused on several key problems that face the water industry today. These include:
- formation and removal of disinfection by-products
- removal of pathogens
- corrosion control
- small systems that serve fewer than 10,000 people and mostly privately owned
- cost-effective municipal wastewater treatment technologies
- treatment during peak wet-weather
- less residual production
- control of contaminants
What is EPA Doing?
- EPA researchers are evaluating current water treatment and distribution system optimization to provide safe drinking water from various source water types and conditions.
- Researchers engage in collaborative research with utilities, academic institutions, and consultants.
- EPA scientists provide technical support to state and local governments.
- EPA is reviewing and field demonstrating emerging and innovative treatment technologies, for both municipal wastewater and water reuse. This will improve our understanding of their applicability, cost-effectiveness, technical performance, and reliability.
- EPA is determining if established treatment technologies and system design, operation and maintenance practices can be updated based on information on the performance, cost-effectiveness, and reliability of new and innovative technologies.