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Release: Oct. 18, 2000

National Association Honors Iowa Institute of Hydraulic Research

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The American Water Works Association (AWWA) has named the University of Iowa's Hydraulics Laboratory an American Water Landmark and will present the university with a plaque later in the year.

The Hydraulics Laboratory was designated to receive this award because of the historic and continuing impact of research and education programs conducted by Iowa Institute of Hydraulic Research (IIHR), which is headquartered in the building, on the way water is studied and used locally and around the world. The AWWA Landmark Award specifically recognized IIHR's contributions to water distribution and plumbing systems, water quality and quantity monitoring, sediment-control systems and pump intake design.

V.C. Patel, IIHR director says, "The value of any research inevitably must be whether it is used to increase our quality of life and the environment and whether results stand the test of time. IIHR research relating not only to water works projects, which are the focus of this award, but also to many other areas of activity certainly has passed those tests of value."

The Institute, a unit of the UI College of Engineering, is one of the world's premier and oldest fluids research and engineering laboratories. Students and visitors from around the world have come to IIHR to study and conduct research and to carry acquired expertise back to their home countries.