American Wins 2007 Stockholm Water Prize

    Stockholm, Sweden, March 22 /CNW/ -- Professor Perry L. McCarty, from
Stanford University, California, a pioneer in the development of the
understanding of biological and chemical processes for the safe supply and
treatment of water, is the 2007 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate.
    McCarty's work has led to more efficient biological treatment processes,
in particular anaerobic (oxygen-less) treatment systems for municipal and
industrial wastewaters, biological nutrient removal, and the development and
use of biofilm reactors. The Prize Nominating Committee wrote:
    Professor Perry L. McCarty is awarded the 2007 Stockholm Water Prize for
pioneering work in developing the scientific approach for the design and
operation of water and wastewater systems. He has established the role of
fundamental microbiology and chemistry in the design of bioreactors. Professor
McCarty has defined the field of environmental biotechnology that is the basis
for small-scale and large-scale pollution control and safe drinking water
    Since 1990 the Stockholm Water Prize has been presented annually to an
individual, organization or institution for outstanding water-related
activities in water-related awareness-raising, human and international
relations, research, management and aid. The Laureate receives USD 150,000 and
a glass sculpture, to be presented in August in Stockholm. H.M. King Carl XVI
Gustaf of Sweden is the Patron of the Stockholm Water Prize.  McCarty, 76, has
combined deep knowledge in physical, chemical, biological and microbiological
processes and transferred the results into outstanding technical development
widely used all over the world as the basis for design and operation of
wastewater treatment systems. By tackling the important problem of organic
compounds and pollutants in wastewater and underground aquifer systems, his
work has led to the development and practical implementation of methods to
treat toxic chemicals in groundwater, especially chlorinated pollutants from
    McCarty's textbooks on the chemistry, biology, and design of treatment
systems for municipal and industrial wastewater are used daily all over the
world. He has been an educator and researcher at Stanford since 1962. He is
also a member of the National Academy of Engineering and an Honorary member of
the American Water Works Association and the Water Environment Federation, and
a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the
American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Academy of
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