Water Innovation Network for Sustainable Small Systems (WINSSS)

EPA Grant Number: R835602
Center: Water Innovation Network for Sustainable Small Systems
Center Director: Reckhow, David A.
Title: Water Innovation Network for Sustainable Small Systems (WINSSS)
Investigators: Reckhow, David A. , Boyer, Treavor H. , Brown, Jess , Butler, Caitlin S. , Dvorak, Bruce I. , Katz, Lynn , Kinney, Kerry A. , Kirisits, Mary Jo , Lai, Rebecca , Lawler, Desmond , Park, Chul , Ray, Chittaranjan , Saleh, Navid , Shenoy, Prashant , Speitel, Gerald E. , Tobiason, John , Wilson, Steven , Zhang, Qiong
Institution: University of Massachusetts - Amherst , Carollo Engineers , The University of Texas at Austin , University of Florida , University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign , University of Nebraska at Lincoln , University of South Florida
EPA Project Officer: Pascual, Pasky
Project Period: August 1, 2014 through June 30, 2017
Project Amount: $4,100,000
RFA: National Centers for Innovation in Small Drinking Water Systems (2013) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: Drinking Water , Water


The Water Innovation Network for Sustainable Small Systems (WINSSS) brings together a national team of experts to transform drinking water treatment for small water systems (SWS) to meet the urgent need for state-of-the-art innovation, development, demonstration, and implementation of treatment, information, and process technologies in part by leveraging existing relationships with industry through the Massachusetts Water Cluster.


WINSSS will develop a center that spans and links the continuum of technology development from idea inception through technology acceptance to expedite implementation of new practice-oriented knowledge designed to enable SWS to produce safe drinking water and operate in the most sustainable manner possible.

Expected Results:

The WINSSS Center will facilitate a clear pathway for innovation implementation by creating the following outputs: (i) novel approaches to protecting public health by controlling grouped contaminants such as organic carbon, trace organics, disinfection by-products, and nitrogenous compounds, (ii) demonstrate and pilot promising technologies previously developed under EPA’s STAR program and other programs which will minimize exposure to toxic organic contaminants as well as metals such as As, Fe, Mn, and Cr, and other inorganics such as F and sulfide, (iii) standardized testing requirements for multiple states, (iv) tools to simplify system operations such as an asset management app and a distributed sensing and monitoring notification system, (v) an extensive outreach system including a website, newsletter, workshops and presentations, webinars and educational modules, and (vi) a technology analysis database for determining a technology's suitability for implementation in small systems considering energy, sustainability, robustness, human health, and human, regulatory and system acceptance.

Supplemental Keywords:

small public water systems, treatment, technology, carbon, nitrogenous, disinfectant, regulation, barriers, implementation, community water, WINSSS