Protecting Ithaca’s Drinking Water
Partnering with the City of Ithaca Water Treatment Plant to understand sources of elevated manganese in the Ithaca Reservoir
Since the drought of 2016, the Ithaca Water Treatment Plant has recorded elevated concentrations of manganese (Mn) in the Ithaca Reservoir, which supplies drinking water to the City of Ithaca. Mn concentrations are highly variable over time, complicating efforts by utility staff to effectively remove this contaminant from the water supply. In this project, faculty and undergraduate researchers in Civil and Environmental Engineering are partnering with the utility staff to understand the sources of the Mn so plant operators can better predict periods of elevated Mn and treat it accordingly.
Type: Public Purpose Research Grant
Topics: Energy, Environment and Sustainability; Health, Nutrition and Medicine
Matthew Reid, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
College of Engineering
- Community partner: City of Ithaca Water Treatment Plant
Engaged Research Grants
Funding scholarship and scientific research collaborations with undergraduates and community partners.