Types of Subscribers

WE&RF subscribers are municipal wastewater and stormwater agencies, wastewater equipment manufacturers, operators, consulting firms, corporations, and other entities that share a commitment to producing cost-effective water quality research.

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Water Utility
Water utilities are faced with a variety of challenges from creating potable water to treating and recovering resources from wastewater. The subscriber category includes utilities that treat wastewater – water which has been used for washing, flushing, or in a manufacturing process – and recover resources (including water) from that source.

As an example, San Antonio Water Systems (SAWS) is an active participant in many WE&RF research projects, serving as volunteers on project steering committees and issue area teams, as well as participants in projects. They were recognized by WE&RF for their “clean water trifecta” and achievement in recycling and using all treatment process residuals. They relied on WE&RF research to install biosolids transfer lines and a raw water connect interconnect to eliminate the need for rehabilitation and replacement of equipment at three treatment plants, producing a higher quality product at a lower cost. SAWS also utilized WE&RF science and entered into a public-private-partnership with a neighboring gas facility to capture biogas and reduce carbon emissions. Most recently, they added a desalination plant to bolster the local water supply. Improvements to their facility, combined with their active role in WE&RF research has made SAWS a leader in the water quality industry.

Stormwater Utility

A stormwater utility is a utility with the capability to treat surface water resulting from heavy falls of rain or snow.

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission collaborated with WE&RF on a project entitled Blueprint for Onsite Water Systems to assist communities with developing a local program to manage onsite water systems that protect public health. SFPUC spearheaded the Non-Potable Water Program to create a streamlined process for commercial, multi-family, and mixed-use developments in San Francisco to collect, treat, and reuse water for toilet flushing, irrigation, and other non-potable uses. An onsite water system offers a proactive way to increase water resiliency and promote green building practices.

State Agency
This type of WE&RF subscriber is a government or state agency, often an appointed commission, that is a permanent or semi-permanent organization in the machinery of government that is responsible for the oversight and administration of specific functions. WE&RF has partnerships with federal and state regulators to protect our natural resources and public health.

The California State Water Resources Control Board is an example of a subscriber that is a state agency. WE&RF raised and funded $6 million in potable reuse research to help the California legislature determine the feasibility of developing direct potable reuse (DPR) criteria. After 40 projects valued at $25 million, it was determined that DPR is a feasible option in California and allowed them to make informed choices when developing a future research plan.

WE&RF subscribers in this category are organizations that produce goods or related services within an economic activity, often concerned with manufacture, extraction and processing of raw materials, or construction. The major source of revenue of a group or company is the indicator of its relevant industry.

WE&RF research project Framework for the Successful Implementation of On-site Industrial Water Reuse (Reuse-14-04) featured case studies from participating industrial partners, such as The Coca-Cola Company, PPG Industries, and the Ford Motor Company, to illustrate the successful execution of water reuse in various settings. These companies provided information and insights into overcoming project barriers and identifying project benefits when they used water reduction and reuse strategies which resulted in significant water and financial savings.

WE&RF subscribers in this category are consulting firms of one or more experts (consultants) that provide professional advice to organizations for a fee. Many WE&RF subscribers identifying as consultants work specifically in the water industry.

Subscriber ARCADIS, has been an active partner with WE&RF to help companies and industry leaders effectively manage water while making their business more sustainable. Recently, ARCADIS experts led WE&RF research to combat the idea that water is an inexpensive commodity and reinforce the message that water reuse has economic value and can have a positive return on investment, using case studies from The Coca-Cola Company, PPG Industries, and the Ford Motor Company. This collaboration with ARCADIS created an opportunity to demonstrate to a broad range of industry, especially in the food and beverage sector, that it is possible and economical to create a conservation and reuse strategy.

Equipment Manufacturer
An equipment manufacturer is a company that makes a part or subsystem that is used in another company's end product. Equipment manufacturers play an important role in water quality by ensuring properly treated water and maintaining facility operations.

Pasteurization Technology Group (PTG) is a WE&RF subscriber that also utilizes the Leaders Innovation Forum for Technology (LIFT). They were featured in a LIFT Technology Scan sharing their technology system that increases efficiencies in wastewater treatment processes, lowers associated carbon footprint, and eliminates harmful chemicals. LIFT’s platform allows PTG to share their technology with other subscribers, in addition to potential collaborators and funders.