Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) Recognizes DC Water's Biosolids Project
with Award for Excellence in Innovation as One of the Greenest Projects in the World
(ALEXANDRIA, Va.) — The Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) recognized DC Water
with its Award for Excellence in Innovation Tuesday afternoon for its Biosolids Program, which will cut
greenhouse gas emissions dramatically, produce more energy, and create higher quality biosolids –
all combining to save millions of dollars annually when the facility begins operating in 2014.
This new WERF award recognizes organizations that have made improvements to wastewater and
stormwater collection, storage or treatment operations, facilities, or processes by applying WERF
research. DC Water is one of two organizations to receive the award in its inaugural year.
“This project resulted from long-term and extensive collaboration between WERF, DC Water,
academia, and the wastewater industry to discover and develop new, key information, and even
new analytical methods,” said Walter Bailey, PE, DEE, Assistant General Manager, DC Water.
“DC Water is unique in its long-term research programs, and that is what allows us to be at the
forefront of wastewater technology deployment.”
“We believe the process of research, modeling, and technology deployment is of profound importance
to the wastewater and biosolids industry in North America and internationally,” states Selection
Committee Chair and WERF Board Member Joseph Zuback of Global Water Advisors, Inc. “We
recognize DC Water today for their commitment to advancing the industry and for this project that
has significant green benefits.”
Team members in this unique collaboration include DC Water, Bucknell University, and an engineering
team led by Brown and Caldwell. A team of WERF volunteers, who themselves are some of the most
recognized individuals in the water quality industry, selected the recipients from a field of many
well-qualified organizations. Additional information on this award can be found at www.werf.org or