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May 20, 2010

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UT Tyler Civil Engineering Professor Receives Grant to Study Water Systems


Dr. Peter Rogers, assistant professor of civil engineering at The University of Texas at Tyler, has received $50,000 from the Water Research Foundation to study dual distribution water systems, Dr. Arlene Horne, vice president for research and federal relations, announced.

With the two-year research grant, Rogers will investigate the claimed advantages and disadvantages of these systems by examining several case studies. Colorado State University is the project collaborator.

“This study will consider a full range of installation scenarios, ranging from new developments which use dual systems to separate irrigation and fire water from drinking water to complex situations involving retrofit projects,” Rogers said.

In addition to technical concerns, the study also will evaluate management and institutional factors for the life cycles of pipe infrastructure.

“One proposed solution to these problems involves the selective introduction of dual distribution systems in which a single pipe is used exclusively for potable drinking water applications with a larger pipe transporting bulk water for applications such as fire-fighting, toilet flushing and irrigation,” Rogers said.

“In addition to handling current domestic and irrigation demands, water distribution systems must also accommodate future needs as well as provide reserves for firefighting and other emergencies,” he added. “In the case of the firefighting reserves, the inclusion of this additional fire flow normally results in significant pipe size increases and infrastructure costs.”

The Water Research Foundation is a member-supported, international, nonprofit organization that sponsors research to enable water utilities, public health agencies, and other professionals to provide safe and affordable drinking water to consumers.

For more information, visit http://www.waterresearchfoundation.org/.

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