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Water Research Foundation Honors Portland Water Bureau with Prestigious Industry Award

By Lindsay Wochnick 0 Comments

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On June 10th, the Portland Water Bureau was honored by the Water Research Foundation (WaterRF) with the Outstanding Subscriber Award for Applied Research

The annual award recognizes utilities that have made notable improvements to their treatment, delivery and or management processes through the successful application of Foundation-sponsored research.  Las Vegas Valley Water District was also honored with the same award for participating in research that has benefitted the broader drinking water industry.

According to the press release, WaterRF noted throughout a 25-year relationship, the Portland Water Bureau has proven to be a supportive and innovative Subscriber.

“Its staff [Portland Water Bureau] has been actively sharing their knowledge and expertise, most notably on climate change and infrastructure. WaterRF has benefited tremendously from its spirit of collaboration, with numerous members of its staff participating in research and administrative capacities on a volunteer basis for the Foundation,” the press release stated.

In announcing the award and 2013 winners, WaterRF’s Executive Director Rob Renner noted that this year’s winners represent the “Gold Standard” when it comes to researchers and subscribing utilities.

“Quite simply,” Renner said, “we could not achieve our mission without their tireless support. The international water community and the public they serve, benefit from their contributions to advancing the science of water.”

WaterRF is the world’s largest research organization dedicated to drinking water research.  The research conducted provides practical solutions to challenges facing the drinking water community today and into the future and aids water utilities, public health agencies and other professional organizations in providing safe, reliable and affordable drinking water to the public.​

To learn more about the Water Research Foundation, visit

Lindsay Wochnick
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