WASHINGTON — The EPA announced more than $8 million in funds will be provided to create two national centers for research and innovation in small- to medium-sized drinking water systems, according to a press release.

The recipients are the University of Colorado Boulder’s Design of Risk Reducing, Innovative Implementable Small System Knowledge (DeRISK) Center and the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Water Innovation Network for Sustainable Small Systems (WINSSS) Center, stated the release.

The release reported that the funded centers will develop and test advanced, low-cost methods to reduce, control and eliminate groups of water contaminants that present challenges to communities around the world.

These grants are part of EPA’s research on safe and sustainable drinking water and support the development of water clusters — networks of businesses, researchers and others involved in water technology, noted the release.

“These centers will help to develop innovative and practical solutions for challenges faced by smaller drinking water systems, which make up the majority of public water systems in the United States,” said EPA Office of Research and Development Acting Assistant Administrator Lek Kadeli. “Providing cost-effective solutions to help these systems deliver safe, high-quality drinking water will help improve the health, economy and security of our nation’s communities.”

Read the entire release here.