Mary Serreze, MassLive -- A University of Massachusetts Amherst researcher has received a $4.1 million Environmental Protection Agency grant to create a national research center aimed at assisting small-sized drinking water systems. David A. Reckhow, a professor of civil and environmental engineering, accepted the grant at a ceremony Monday. Under the EPA grant, the UMass Water Innovation Network for Sustainable Small Systems (WINSS) will develop and test advanced, low-cost methods to reduce, control and eliminate various groups of water contaminants in small water treatment systems. Speaking at the university's new $160 million Life Sciences Laboratories, Gov. Deval Patrick also announced $1.5 million to establish the commonwealth as a hub for the emerging water innovation sector.
"Water innovation is the next frontier," said Patrick. Water treatment technology will become a $1 trillion sector in the next five to six years, he said. Creating a "water innovation cluster" centered at the university will poise the commonwealth as a leader, said Patrick.