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Friday, July 23, 2010

$4.5 Million National Center for Water Technology & Greywater

Online news WaterWorld posted this article on the University of Wisconsin's anticipated new water research center:

"U.S. Senator Herb Kohl today included $4.5 million for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's (UWM) National Center for Water Technology and Policy as part of the FY2011 Commerce-Justice-Science (C-J-S) Appropriations Bill. Senator Kohl is a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and has made this project a priority for funding. UWM is partnering with the Milwaukee Water Council to promote engineering and research that can be exported to an emerging world market for advanced water technology.

"There is exceptional work being done in Milwaukee that has the potential to make our city a world leader in advanced water technology, build exports, create jobs and reenergize Milwaukee's economy," Kohl said. "We're hopeful that this investment of federal funding will allow the Center to make progress on its ambitious and forward-looking work."

According to the Center, the funding will target three areas:
  • Biological and chemical sensor fabrication, characterization, and testing laboratory;
  • Small scale materials development and nanofiltration laboratory; and 
  • Environmental Water Systems Laboratory.
It is this last lab where greywater enters the picture:

"This lab will include computational, testing, and characterization facilities that will allow research on topics that include, but are not limited to, understanding atmospheric mechanisms that influence the Great Lakes and their impact on municipal water systems, improving water quality and supply predictions through expanded climate and water system monitoring, assuring the health and proactive restoration of complex water systems for storm water management and grey water systems".

Recall this posting describing the greywater experience in Wisconsin, which at one time had restrictive rules on greywater reuse, but relaxed them after discovering that noone was reusing greywater. There is a lesson here for all states that are in the process of developing their greywater reuse rules or considering them in the future. Lighten up and laugh all the way to the bank! Congratulations Wisconsin, you are truly living up to your state motto in your thinking about water in all of its colors!

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