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Wastewater Treatment Technologies & Water Reuse

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There is a growing demand for safe, reliable, and cost-effective reclaimed wastewater and stormwater.

Wastewater Treatment

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

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What is EPA Doing?

  • wastewater treatmentEPA 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.

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Related Links

Small Systems Research
Contaminants Research
Water Quality Research

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