John W. Norton, Jr., Ph.D.

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Conventional drinking-water supply systems treat water at centralized treatment facilities and then distribute the water though underground distribution networks to industrial, commercial and residential end-users. A major drawback to this approach is that water quality degradation can occur within the distribution system (for instance, due to the formation of disinfection byproducts). My research examines the financial and technical feasibility of implementing advanced technology treatment units within a water distribution system to effectively meet drinking-water goals. My current focus is a detailed analysis of breakeven costs of the distributed treatment unit approach. An important derivative work is the global cost optimization of meeting a new treatment requirement (applicable to developed nations) or constructing a new treatment facility (applicable to developing/Third World countries).

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