Bureau of Reclamation Seeks Proposals for Desalination, Water Purification Projects

Dec. 16, 2015
Proposals will be accepted for water treatment research, laboratory studies and pilot-scale projects

As part of an ongoing effort to further technological advances related to imbalances between water supply and demand, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced it will seek proposals for research, laboratory studies and pilot-scale projects that target increasing the usable supply of water in the U.S. as part of its Desalination and Water Purification Research (DWPR) Program.

This announcement occurred as private sector and governmental representatives attended a White House Roundtable on Water Innovation, led by Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and other senior administration officials. Participants at the roundtable discussed how to plan, efficiently use and develop new clean water supplies to ensure our nation’s resilience to water supply shortages.

Reclamation will provide up to $150,000 for the research and laboratory studies. Between five and 15 projects are expected to receive funding. Studies must be completed within one year. All applicants are required to have a minimum of a 50% non-federal cost-share except for institutions of higher learning. Institutions of higher learning are encouraged to have some cost-share.

For pilot-scale projects, Reclamation will provide up to $200,000 per year, per project. The pilot-scale projects must be completed within two years. Between one and five projects are expected to receive funding. All applicants must provide at least 50% non-federal cost-share.

Individuals, higher education institutions, commercial or industrial organizations, private and public entities (including state and local), non-profit organizations, and Indian Tribal Governments are all eligible to apply for these funding opportunities.

The DWPR Program is helping Reclamation and its partners confront widening imbalances between supply and demand in basins throughout the Western United States through testing and development of new advanced water treatment technologies.

The DWPR Program focuses on three main goals: augment the supply of usable water in the U.S.; understand the environmental impacts of desalination and develop approaches to minimize these impacts relative to other water supply alternatives; and develop approaches to lower the financial costs of desalination so that it is an attractive option relative to other alternatives in locations where traditional sources of water are inadequate.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

Sponsored Recommendations

2024 Manufacturing Trends Unpacking AI, Workforce, and Cybersecurity

April 25, 2024
The world of manufacturing is changing, and Generative AI is one of the many change agents. The 2024 State of Smart Manufacturing Report takes a deep dive into how Generative ...

State of Smart Manufacturing Report Series

April 25, 2024
The world of manufacturing is changing, and Generative AI is one of the many change agents. The 2024 State of Smart Manufacturing Report takes a deep dive into how Generative ...

ArmorBlock 5000: Boost Automation Efficiency

April 25, 2024
Discover the transformative benefits of leveraging a scalable On-Machine I/O to improve flexibility, enhance reliability and streamline operations.

Blower Package Integration

March 20, 2024
See how an integrated blower package can save you time, money, and energy, in a wastewater treatment system. With package integration, you have a completely integrated blower ...