Republic: New Arizona Prize winner announced

Friday, November 4, 2016

The Arizona Republic reported that The Arizona Community Foundation selected the Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department as winner of the foundation's $250,000 New Arizona Prize Water Innovation Challenge.

It's the second round of prizes awarded by the foundation in collaboration with Republic Media and Morrison Institute for Public Policy. A previous Water Consciousness Challenge yielded $100,000 for a team that produced a multimedia awareness campaign.

Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department aims to use the prize to construct a mobile potable-reuse water treatment plant that can travel the state turning recycling waste into clean bottled water and, with local brewers’ participation, craft beers. The county proposal notes Arizona’s reliance on finite groundwater supplies and on rivers threatened by climate change as incentives for reusing wastewater for human consumption, but adds that proving the concept with public acceptance is crucial. “If potable reuse is done incorrectly, even just once,” the department writes, “it could set back regulation and public confidence for years to come.”

READ: Foundation names $250,000 water prize winner

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