The Bureau of Reclamation is seeking proposals to receive funding for desalination and water reuse research projects. The research projects should be innovative and seek to reduce water treatment costs. Universities, private industry, water utilities, and other research sponsors may submit proposals.
"Developing new technologies that can treat currently unusable water will help communities worldwide," said Research and Development Program Manager Ken Nowak. "These technologies have the potential to increase water supply flexibility under the risks of climate change and drought."
Up to $2 million is available for entities to submit proposals for laboratory-scale and pilot-scale research projects to increase water supplies by reducing the cost, energy consumption, and environmental impacts of treating impaired or otherwise unusable waters. Laboratory-scale projects are eligible for up to $250,000 in funding over two years, while pilot-scale projects are eligible for up to $800,000 in funding over three years.
A laboratory-scale project typically uses small flow rates to determine the viability of new processes, new materials or process modifications. A pilot-scale project uses larger flow rates to assess the practicality of implementing the technology at a larger scale and includes generating data to estimate operational and cost requirements.