FOUNDATION VALLEY, Calif. — The National Water Research Institute (NWRI) announced that this year’s Clarke Prize Lecture, delivered by David L. Sedlak, Ph.D., focused on strategies for developing and implementing new technologies to provide cities with reliable water supplies while also protecting the environment and public health, according to a press release.

Sedlak received the $50,000 Clarke Prize and presented the lecture, titled, “Delivering the Fourth Water Revolution,” at the 21st Annual NWRI Clarke Prize Conference and Award Ceremony on Nov. 7 in Huntington Beach, California, stated the release.

The release reported that Sedlak is a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, and is a pioneer in water resource treatment and management.

His research group published one of the first papers on steroid estrogens, endocrine disrupters, in the environment and wastewater, and in 2002, his team developed a method to decrease the levels of N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), a carcinogen, in water supplies, continued the release. 

Sedlak received the 2014 NWRI Athalie Richardson Irvine Clarke Prize due to his pioneering research on advancing the way urban water infrastructure and water resources are managed, noted the release.

“Dr. Sedlak is an outstanding choice for the Clarke Prize,” said NWRI Executive Director Jeff Mosher. “He is acknowledged as an expert in water quality and in assessing the efficiency and capabilities of supply infrastructure and treatment processes. He has diligently served the water management and academic communities. In addition to producing high quality original research and contributing new knowledge to the discipline, he is also training graduate students to become the next generation of leaders that will protect and manage our future water supplies.”

You can find the release here.