The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday gave UNLV nearly $330,000 to fund new water conservation research.
UNLV’s engineering college will use the money to study the risk of contaminants in water recycling systems across the United States. The award was part of a $3.3 million federal grant doled out among five institutions tasked with examining water conservation practices nationwide. Other recipients include the University of California, Riverside; Utah State University; the Water Environment Research Foundation; and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
EPA officials say conservation practices that promote water reuse are becoming increasingly important — especially in the West, where factors such as climate change, extreme drought, and population growth are shrinking water sources. UNLV researchers will evaluate how these practices can affect public and environmental health.
“The research UNLV will be doing can help advance the role that recycled water plays in meeting our long-term supply needs,” EPA regional water director Tomás Torres said in a statement.