Each year in the United States, there are cases of gastrointestinal illnesses associated with drinking water. Ten universities recently received grants from theU.S. Environmental Protection Agencytotalling $5 million for research to develop better methods for detecting harmful organisms in drinking water, including viruses, bacteria and protozoa. The grants, awarded through the EPA's Science to Achieve Results (STAR) research grants program, are aimed at ensuring that the United States has the safest drinking water in the world.
The grants were awarded to the following universities: