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WE&RF and WRF to integrate into one research foundation for water research

CTBR Staff Writer Published 12 October 2017

The Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (WE&RF) and Water Research Foundation (WRF) have decided to integrate into one research foundation.

From 1 January 2018, the new organization will be managed by a single board of directors, including directors from the two organizations with co-chairs Chuck Murray and Kevin Shafer and co-CEOs Melissa Meeker and Rob Renne.

Through consolidated research program, the new organization will focus on water research issues and overlap between water and wastewater.

The new organization will include around 1,200 subscribers, 2,300 research studies and$700m portfolio.

WE&RF is a non-profit organization that provides funds for research, pilot projects and technology demonstrations related to wastewater, stormwater, and other water sources.

WRF is a not-for-profit research cooperative, which promotes the science of water to protect public health and the environment.

Managed by utilities, WRF provides scientific research solutions and knowledge for subscribers and stakeholders in all areas of drinking water, wastewater, stormwater, and reuse.

WRF has funded and managed more than 1,500 research studies from asset management to treatment, utility finance to resource management and conveyance systems to water quality.

WRF CEO Rob Renner said: “The new organization will leverage resources and funding to solve the water sector’s research needs in new and exciting ways.”

WE&RF CEO Melissa Meeker said: “Harnessing the collective passion of our staffs, volunteers, and supporters to focus on research which meets the needs of all water professionals will provide an outstanding benefit for our subscribers.”