ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The WateReuse Research Foundation announced the availability of $250,000 in funding to develop and demonstrate an assessment method for decision makers considering a direct potable reuse (DPR) water supply system over alternative supplies, while taking into consideration the full social, economic and environmental impacts of each approach, according to a press release.

The release stated that those with the responsibility to plan and implement optimal water supply solutions, such as water and wastewater agency officials, elected officials and regulators, need to understand the overall differences between DPR and other water supply options.

WateReuse Research’s study will build upon prior Foundation research and utilize an approach that considers more than financial effects, given that in many cases, financial impacts are the only aspect of water supply options evaluated and compared, continued the release.

The study will provide decision makers with a triple bottom line (TBL) assessment methodology and tool to evaluate the financial, social and environmental factors of the water supply selections being compared to DPR, noted the release.

Proposals for the study are due by 5 p.m. (EST), on Sept. 26, reported the release.