EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB)

Aging Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Research Initiative

EPA Designated Federal Officer (DFO):Edward Hanlon
202-564-2134
hanlon.edward@epa.gov
Responsible Committee/Panel:Environmental Engineering Committee Augmented for Aging Infrastructure Consultation
A list of members can be found in the final report included in the Advisory Activity linked to this panel or committee.

BACKGROUND.

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EPA’s Office of Research and Development (ORD) requested that the SAB review and provide advice on the suitability and appropriateness of completed, existing and upcoming projects developed under a 2007 research program to support EPA’s Sustainable Water Infrastructure Initiative. This research aims to improve and evaluate innovative technologies and techniques for reducing the cost and improving the effectiveness of operations, maintenance, and replacement of aging and failing systems for drinking water and wastewater treatment and conveyance. The outputs from this research program are intended to assist EPA’s program and regional offices to implement Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act requirements; to help states and tribes meet their programmatic requirements; and to assist utilities to more effectively implement comprehensive management of drinking water and wastewater treatment and conveyance systems, provide reliable service to their customers, and meet their statutory requirements.

ORD requested SAB advice on the suitability and appropriateness of completed, existing and upcoming projects; the appropriateness of the funding vehicles; whether additional projects are needed; and the overall scope and funding of the initiative.