Currently, water utilities rely on monochloramine, a combination of chloride and ammonia, to disinfect and protect water supplies from disease-causing microorganisms, Kruzic said.
Kruzic is teaming with Kevin Schug, a UT Arlington associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, in the research. Schug also is the Shimadzu Distinguished Professor of Analytical Chemistry. His work is based in the Shimadzu Center for Advanced Analytical Chemistry at UT Arlington. The research will rely on one of Shimadzu's chemical analysis machines.
Kruzic also said that he will serve as a consultant to the Tarrant Regional Water District to choose instrumentation for chemical and environmental monitoring on the pipeline. Finally, part of the grant calls for Kruzic to help incorporate the research results into final design for the pipeline.
Khosrow Behbehani, dean of the UT Arlington College of Engineering, said Dr. Kruzic's work is vital to ensure continued growth in North Texas.
"This pipeline can get needed water resources to North Texas," Behbehani said. "Dr. Kruzic's research will have long-lasting impact on providing safe water for current and future North Texas residents and businesses. His methods and procedures certainly could be used by future projects involving large volumes of water."
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