Published: Sept. 10, 2014

Congratulations to environmental engineering Professor R. Scott Summers and his team!

Continuing its commitment to improving America’s drinking water, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Sept. 9 announced more than $8 million in grants to create two national centers for research and innovation in small- to medium-sized drinking water systems.

The recipients are the University of Colorado Boulder to launch the Design of Risk Reducing, Innovative Implementable Small System Knowledge (DeRISK) Center, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst for the Water Innovation Network for Sustainable Small Systems (WINSSS) Center. These two EPA-funded centers will develop and test advanced, low-cost methods to reduce, control and eliminate groups of water contaminants that present challenges to communities worldwide.

CU-Boulder will receive $4,099,973 for the DeRISK Center led by R. Scott Summers, a professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering. The center will be housed at CU-Boulder in conjunction with the University of New Hampshire, the Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP), the University of Alaska at Anchorage and Arizona State University, as well as partners from state and local government agencies, private sector organizations and the Canadian small systems network, RES’EAU-WaterNET.