WERF research project enables better communication among utilities
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) recently launched WATERiD, an online living knowledge base that permits utilities to easily share their experiences, information and lessons learned in managing the nation’s water infrastructure.
Developed by Dr. Sunil Sinha, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Virginia Tech, WATERiD will help the nation address the challenges associated with the aging and deteriorating wastewater and water infrastructure. WATERiD is unique in that it allows utilities to share their “lessons learned” and thus avoid repeating mistakes, explains WERF Director of Research Dr. Daniel Woltering.
This sharing is accomplished through a “wiki”-like capability for utilities to submit their information on cost, performance and capability of various technologies. Then, utilities can easily access all of the information necessary to assess whether a practice or technology is right for their application. “Support and enthusiasm from the industry has been vital in WATERiD’s development,” Woltering continued.