Nanotechnology Now

Our NanoNews Digest Sponsors


Heifer International

Wikipedia Affiliate Button

Home > Press > EPA Awards $5 Million in Safe Drinking Water Grants

Abstract:
Today 10 universities received grants from EPA for research to develop better methods for detecting harmful organisms in drinking water, including viruses, bacteria and protozoa. The grants, awarded through EPA's Science to Achieve Results (STAR) research grants program, are aimed at ensuring that the United States has the safest drinking water in the world.

EPA Awards $5 Million in Safe Drinking Water Grants

Washington, DC | Posted on January 17th, 2007

"These five million dollars in grant money are an example of how EPA puts science to work to protect human health," said Dr. George Gray, EPA's assistant administrator for research and development.

Every year, there are cases of gastrointestinal (GI) illnesses in the United States associated with drinking water. EPA's sponsored research will result in faster and more sensitive tests for local drinking water facilities to use in detecting pathogens. The sooner a contaminant is identified, the faster a facility can act to contain the problem, and thereby reduce any health risks to the public.

The grants were awarded to the following universities for research on:

* Tufts University, North Grafton, Mass., $600,000 - a rapid (less than four hours) method for detection of disease-causing organisms by drinking water facilities.
* University of Arizona, Tucson, Ariz., $466,817 - nanotechnology application for the rapid and economic concentration of GI viruses, parasites, and bacteria.
* Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, La Verne, Calif., $600,000 - use of molecular biology to extract nucleic acids from waterborne organisms, allowing facilities to detect a broad range of potential disease-causing organisms
* Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich., $600,000 - new method that can simultaneously detect 20 waterborne pathogens in source and drinking water.
* University of Washington, Seattle, Wash., $597,987 -- rapid, sensitive method to detect and measure known and emerging pathogens.
* Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Md., $600,000 - new method to improve measurement of viruses and protozoa in drinking water, that could replace the current reliance on bacterial indicators only.
* University of California, Riverside, Calif., $600,000 - real-time method to detect and measure intestinal viruses in drinking water.
* Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pa., $566,714 - sensors that can detect pathogens such as Cryptosporidium without a concentration or filtration step.
* Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich., $600,000 - real-time tool to determine whether drinking water contains bacterial contaminants.
* University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, N.C., $600,000 - real-time tool to detect multiple classes of microbial pathogens.

####

About EPA
Born in the wake of elevated concern about environmental pollution, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency opened its doors in downtown Washington, D.C., on December 2, 1970. EPA was established to consolidate in one agency a variety of federal research, monitoring, standard-setting and enforcement activities to ensure environmental protection. EPA's mission is to protect human health and to safeguard the natural environment—air, water, and land—upon which life depends. For more than 30 years, the EPA has been working for a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people.

For more information, please click here

Contacts:
Suzanne Ackerman
(202) 564-4355

Copyright © EPA

If you have a comment, please Contact us.

Issuers of news releases, not 7th Wave, Inc. or Nanotechnology Now, are solely responsible for the accuracy of the content.

Bookmark:
Delicious Digg Newsvine Google Yahoo Reddit Magnoliacom Furl Facebook

Related News Press

Announcements

Nanoparticle versus cancer: Scientists have created nanoparticles which cure cancer harmlessly July 22nd, 2016

Quantum drag:University of Iowa physicist says current in one iron magnetic sheet can create quantized spin waves in another, separate sheet July 22nd, 2016

New Yale-developed device lengthens the life of quantum information July 22nd, 2016

Graphene photodetectors: Thinking outside the 2-D box July 21st, 2016

Environment

News from Quorum: The College of New Jersey use the Quorum Cryo-SEM preparation system in a project to study ice crystals in high altitude clouds July 19th, 2016

Researchers improve catalyst efficiency for clean industries: Method reduces use of expensive platinum July 8th, 2016

Electronic nose smells pesticides and nerve gas July 6th, 2016

Wireless, wearable toxic-gas detector: Inexpensive sensors could be worn by soldiers to detect hazardous chemical agents July 4th, 2016

Water

Electricity generated with water, salt and a 3-atoms-thick membrane: EPFL researchers have developed a system that generates electricity from osmosis with unparalleled efficiency. Their work, featured in Nature, uses seawater, fresh water, and a new type of membrane just 3 atoms July 15th, 2016

Bouncing droplets remove contaminants like pogo jumpers: Researchers at Duke University and the University of British Columbia are exploring whether surfaces can shed dirt without being subjected to fragile coatings July 7th, 2016

Mille-feuille-filter removes viruses from water May 19th, 2016

First single-enzyme method to produce quantum dots revealed: Biological manufacturing process, pioneered by three Lehigh University engineers, produces equivalent quantum dots to those made chemically--but in a much greener, cheaper way May 9th, 2016

Grants/Awards/Scholarships/Gifts/Contests/Honors/Records

New reaction for the synthesis of nanostructures July 21st, 2016

Scientists glimpse inner workings of atomically thin transistors July 21st, 2016

Smallest hard disk to date writes information atom by atom July 20th, 2016

Keystone Nano selected as a top scoring company by NCI investor review panel July 19th, 2016

NanoNews-Digest
The latest news from around the world, FREE




  Premium Products
NanoNews-Custom
Only the news you want to read!
 Learn More
NanoTech-Transfer
University Technology Transfer & Patents
 Learn More
NanoStrategies
Full-service, expert consulting
 Learn More











ASP
Nanotechnology Now Featured Books




NNN

The Hunger Project







Car Brands
Buy website traffic