Advance Notice of RFPs

Notice of Upcoming Requests for Proposals

WRF is postponing the deadline for the 7 SWB RFPs posted on August 29th. We will have further information at a later date, and will keep you informed and update the RFPs accordingly.

Guidelines for Optimizing Nutrient Removal Plant Performance (4973)
Research and demonstration of processes for nutrient removal could help optimize water resource recovery facility (WRRF) performance. However, setting these guidelines needs to occur in real-time to avoid becoming obsolete. WRF plans to issue an RFP to build upon prior knowledge and an ongoing body of research to examine the variables that may occur at different locations and plant sizes that could change operational efficiency.

The RFP will be issued before the end of October 2018. Total WRF funding available is $130,000. WRF is currently seeking utility partners to provide cash or in-kind services towards the project. Please contact Katy Lackey at klackey@waterrf.org if interested.

New Approaches for Improved Nutrient Management (4974)
Nutrient management is a key component of effective crop and water management systems. There is a large body of research available in nutrient management that needs to be synthesized in order to identify relevant research gaps that still need to be addressed. WRF plans to issue an RFP to bring together stakeholders from the agricultural and water quality communities, regulators, and others impacted by nutrient loading in water systems to establish a clear path to tackle nutrient management from a real-world perspective. 

The RFP will be issued before the end of October 2018. Total WRF funding available is $100,000. WRF is currently seeking potential partners for this project. Please contact Christine Radke at cradke@waterrf.org if interested.

The WRF Board of Directors recently authorized initiation of 14 new research projects in 2017. The planned research will significantly advance WRF’s integrated water and intelligent water research portfolios. A slate of over two dozen research project proposals was reviewed by WRF’s Research Advisory Council in August, 2017. The volunteer council recommended 14 new projects based on their readiness and significance to the water community. A few projects have already been released for proposal submissions and the rest can be found on the list below:

  • Expert Workshop on Compounds of Emerging Concern Research Needs. Where do we go from here? (CEC‐17‐09)
  • Annual Update of International Stormwater BMP Database (Urban Component) (SIWM‐17‐12)
  • The Future of Stormwater BMP Database: Strategic Evaluation and Path Forward (SIWM‐17‐13)
  • Assessing the State of Knowledge and Research Needs for Stormwater Harvesting (SIWM‐17‐14)
  • Enhancement of Resilience to Extreme Weather and Climate Events (SIWM‐17‐15)
  • Integrating Sewage Thermal Energy Use (STEU) and Other Emerging Water‐Energy‐Waste Technologies into Distributed Systems (SIWM‐17‐16)
  • Crediting Water Quality Benefits from Stream Restoration: Case Studies (SIWM‐17‐17)
  • Designing Sensor Networks and Locations on an Urban Sewershed Scale with Big Data Management and Analytics (IWS‐17‐07)
    A new RFP titled Designing Sensor Networks and Locations on an Urban Sewershed Scale with Big Data Management and Analytics, will conduct demonstration projects at multiple utilities to validate sensor-based, real-time monitoring/metering and models/decision support systems on sewershed/sub-sewershed scales, including the applying of analytics to solve sewershed network management issues. The project also will develop a framework for sensor-based networks that incorporates new and emerging monitoring/metering technologies for real-time decision-making. Please contact Walter Graf to learn more about being a project team member, participating as a volunteer, and more information.Desalination Research Needs Workshop (Reuse‐17‐11)