Pentair Inc. and its Foundation have announced a $175,000 grant to the WateReuse Research Foundation, a nonprofit organization that conducts and promotes applied research on the reclamation, recycling, reuse and desalination of water. The grant funds two research projects that promote on-site water recycling systems and evaluate graywater treatments for more widespread adoption.
"Pentair and our Foundation are committed to offering
the communities in which we operate the knowledge and vehicles to reuse
water," says Susan Carter, manager, Pentair Foundation. "The
WateReuse Research Foundation has demonstrated an expertise in water reuse and
our communities' future water needs, and we're excited to collaborate with
The first project, a $125,000 grant, will provide guidance
for implementing water reuse in new buildings and developments to achieve
sustainability goals. The project's end result, a "guidance
document," will help arm developers and architects with methods to
implement satellite water recycling systems for new and mixed-use developments.
Satellite treatment systems, which are onsite, stand-alone technologies,
harvest and treat rainwater and graywater – including wash water from sinks,
showers and washing machines – and present one of the strongest growth
opportunities for sustainable recycled water applications. Reusing graywater
can reduce the demand for municipally treated water by 30 to 60 percent. The
findings will be shared with the U.S. Green Building Council, and are
applicable to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) credits.
Pentair has also granted $50,000 to the WateReuse Research
Foundation to examine graywater treatment technologies in the United States. After evaluating raw
and post graywater treatment, the WateReuse Research Foundation anticipates
that its research will help determine treatment reliability and success – and
help assess the potential benefits of expanded treatment and use.
Both projects are under way and are expected to be completed
at the end of 2010, with results available in 2011.
Pentair Grants Money to the WateReuse Research Foundation
July 16, 2010