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TRANSFORMATION: WATER INFRASTRUCTURE FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE
Transformation: Water Infrastructure for a Sustainable Future makes the case for a new paradigm for managing wastewater. CRWA's transformative approach treats waste as a resource and takes its cues from nature on the best ways to manage water.

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Transformation: Water Infrastructure for a Sustainable Future

Community Water and Energy Resource Center

Transformation: Water Infrastructure for a Sustainable Future compiles CRWA's research of a revolutionary new approach to managing water in urban areas. This 75 page book available in print and as an e-book on Amazon.com, lays out a vision for a future where water is treated as a valuable resource, waste is recycled, and infrastructure is sustainable and resilient. 

CRWA proposes Community Water and Energy Resource Centers (CWERCs), locally-based energy generation and water recycling facilities that combine existing technologies to capture the resources available in wastewater and other organic waste and use them to produce energy, nutrients, and clean water.

Key Findings

  • Using proven technologies, CWERCs can recycle food waste and wastewater into clean water, electricity, thermal energy, fertilizer and other products. 
  • In many cases CWERCs can be self-sustaining by selling the water, electricity, heat, and fertilizer generated at the facility without charging fees for sewage treatment.
  • The clean water generated may be used to restore the natural water cycle and replenish groundwater, improve wildlife habitat and green neighborhoods.
  • The benefits to society of a CWERC and associated green infrastructure can be quantified as upwards of $20 million annually. 
  • CWERCs can replace large centralized sewer systems and offer significant resiliency benefits in a changing climate

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Purchase Transformation: Water Infrastructure for a Sustainable Future as an e-book

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Available from Amazon.com the e-book version of Transformation: Water Infrastructure for a Sustainable Future includes all the content of the book in a format that is easy to read on your tablet, phone or Kindle. The book includes: 

  • 9 chapters explaining CRWA's approach and research in detail
  • Full color graphics and images
  • Tables showing projected income, expenses, and benefits of the conceptualized CWERCs

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CRWA has invested for over 20 years in the science, engineering, and law that have led to the cleaning of the Charles River and the work discussed here. Any contribution will help us to study and implement the technologies that will allow us to restore the environment and prepare for climate change. 

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Julie Dyer Wood - Smart Sewering
Julie Dyer Wood
Director of Projects
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