News | December 27, 2017

Pentair Awards Grant To Water Environment & Reuse Foundation To Advance Biogas Research

Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (WE&RF) recently received a grant of $100,000 by the Pentair Foundation for research characterizing the quality of biogas derived from wastewater solids, co-digested organic wastes, and other digestion enhancements. Pentair is a global company dedicated to building a safer, more sustainable world, and its Corporate Responsibility efforts work to mobilize the company’s expertise, talent, products, and philanthropic dollars to develop effective and scalable solutions in the areas of water, food and education.

With this grant, WE&RF will advance its portfolio of co-digestion research, which has recently delved into analyses of feedstock variations to enhance biogas quantity and composition. Samples of co-digestion feedstock will be gathered from water resource recovery facilities across the United States. Analyses will be conducted to identify links between the feedstock and the resulting biogas characteristics. Proposals from research teams will be sought in early 2018. Results of that research should be available in 2019.

This grant builds on work that has been supported by Pentair in the past. The company’s long-standing commitment to provide safe, clean water enabled several WE&RF research projects in the area of water reuse. “We look forward to continuing our complementary relationship with Pentair,” explains WE&RF Chief Executive Officer Melissa Meeker.

“We are pleased to continue to support WE&RF as their efforts to maximize the value of water are aligned with our belief that the health of our world depends on reliable access to clean water,” said Phil Rolchigo, Ph.D, Pentair’s Chief Technology Officer.

Additional information on WE&RF research is available at

About The Water Environment & Reuse Foundation
The Water Environment & Reuse Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization, funds research, pilot projects, and technology demonstrations that maximize the value of water, including wastewater, stormwater, and other water sources. WE&RF is recognized worldwide as a trusted source of innovation and peer-reviewed research in wastewater, water reuse, and resource recovery.

About Pentair plc
Pentair plc is a global company dedicated to building a safer, more sustainable world. Pentair delivers industry leading products, services and solutions that help people make the best use of the resources they rely on most. Its technology moves the world forward by ensuring that water is plentiful, useful and pure, and that critical equipment and those near it are protected. With 2016 revenues of $4.9B, Pentair employs approximately 19,000 people worldwide.

Since 1998, the Pentair Foundation has donated more than $59M to philanthropic causes strengthening the communities in which we operate and providing safe, clean water to nearly three million people. To learn more, visit

SOURCE: Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (WE&RF)