National Priorities: Life Cycle Costs of Water Infrastructure Alternatives

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking applications for research on tools and models comparing the life-cycle costs of green, gray and hybrid forms of water infrastructure, thereby protecting the quantity and quality of water.

Under the Clean Water Act (CWA), communities must address specific stormwater management requirements. However, currently, communities struggle with how best to address these requirements. Research is needed to assist these communities in evaluating infrastructure investments and determining the most cost effective hybrid approach across the life cycle of these investments.

EPA is particularly interested in proposals that develop methods, approaches and models to estimate the life-cycle cost of gray, green or hybrid water infrastructure that are transferable to different regions of the U.S., that account for regional variations in cost, and that help users estimate costs in a simple and understandable manner.

Protecting our nation’s water resources is one of EPA’s top priorities. EPA’s Safe and Sustainable Water Resources Research (SSWR) Program is designed to provide the science and innovative technologies needed to protect our nation’s water resources. Significant threats to our resources include factors such as increased demand, changing land uses, aging water infrastructure and climate change/variability. In facing these threats, the SSWR Program focuses on two main areas: ensuring water quality and availability, and promoting a sustainable water infrastructure. Through the SSWR program, EPA continues to respond to today’s challenges by addressing the nation’s highest science priorities.

Solicitation Opening Date: May 18, 2015
Solicitation Closing Date: July 2, 2015, 11:59:59 pm Eastern Time
http://www.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2015/2015-natl-priorities.html

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