Drinking Water and Wastewater Systems Research

Modern urban wastewater treatment plant

Our Nation’s water infrastructure is aging. Municipal water systems are facing challenges in operating, maintaining and renewing the pipes and facilities that treat our water and move it from place to place.

Water infrastructure research at EPA:

  • Develops predictive modeling tools for new infrastructure technologies
  • Creates decision support tools that include economic and public health considerations while comparing water infrastructure approaches
  • Explores innovative techniques to increase water treatment efficiency
  • Ensures public health protection from distribution and storage system contaminants
  • Determines innovative approaches to monitor and mitigate aging infrastructure
  • Improves designs, reliability, and understanding of green infrastructure effectiveness under region-specific conditions

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