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Tools for Surface Water Nutrient Loading Attributable

A 'sweet' approach that has become a nation-wide practice

  • Florida


An outside-the-box approach for tracking wastewater sources

After we received a tailored collaboration grant from the Water Reuse Research Foundation (WRRF), now WE&RF, we collaborated with several Florida utilities and management agencies on a new research project. The goal? To develop an empirical approach that would better identify nutrient impairment causes in Florida surface waters.

The goal was to find out the extent of contribution that water reuse irrigation played, and the project had a breakthrough. Research showed that the artificial sweetener sucralose (Splenda) was a significant marker unique to wastewater sources.

As a result of this study, sucralose is now used as a marker by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) to track wastewater impacts on Florida surface waters—and other organizations, nationwide, have followed suit.

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Joseph Jacangelo, Vice President, Director of Research

I consider it a true privilege to work with such outstanding engineers and scientists and feel it is of paramount importance to give back to the water community.
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Joseph Jacangelo

Vice President, Director of Research

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