The Bureau of Reclamation is awarding a total of $1.2 million to eight projects through the Desalination and Water Purification Research Program Pitch-to-Pilot. Among those, four projects are in California and will receive nearly $600,000 to develop more innovative, cost-effective, and technologically efficient ways to desalinate water.
“Desalination holds the potential to provide a new source of water for communities through the western United States,” said Chief Engineer David Raff. “Reclamation is supporting desalination research to make it more affordable and energy-efficient, so communities can include it in their water supply plans.”
The eight selected projects show a potential to increase water supply while also reducing cost, energy consumption and environmental impacts of treating impaired or otherwise unusable waters. The selected projects in California are:
GHD, Inc. $149,982
National Water Research Institute $150,000
Noria Water Technologies, Inc. $150,000
The University of New Mexico $150,000
The other projects to receive funding are in New Mexico, Texas and Arizona.
To view a complete description of each project or learn more about the program, please visit the Desalination and Water Purification Research Program website.