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. The selected projects show the potential to increase water supplies by reducing cost, energy consumption and environmental impacts of treating impaired and otherwise unusable waters.
"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."
Selected projects competed in a unique, two-phase funding opportunity where selected applicants pitched their new technology to technical experts. The selected projects are:
- GHD, Inc., (California), Reclamation funding: $149,982
- National Water Research Institute, (California), Reclamation funding: $150,000
- New Mexico State University, (New Mexico), Reclamation Funding: $150,000
- New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, (New Mexico), Reclamation funding: $149,876
- Noria Water Technologies, Inc., (California), Reclamation funding: $150,000
- Texas State University, (Texas), Reclamation funding: $149,999
- University of Arizona, (Arizona), Reclamation funding: $150,000
- The University of New Mexico, (California), Reclamation funding: $150,000
To view a complete description of each project or learn more about the program, please visit the Desalination and Water Purification Research Program website.