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Desalination and Water Purification Technology Roadmap - A Report of the Executive Committee

USBR; Denver CO.
January 2003

Report #95 - Summary -

Access to freshwater is an increasingly critical national and international issue as demand has outstripped supply in many regions of the world, including parts of the United States. Degradation of water supplies resulting from population growth, pollution, and lack of coordinated management often compounds this pervasive water availability issue. In order to maintain economic development, improve standards of living and health, and minimize future regional and international conflicts, our nation will need to develop sustainable supplies of high-quality freshwater for drinking and other uses. This will require the development of innovative and cost-effective methods to improve water management, water use and reuse, as well as novel technologies that can "create" freshwater from non-traditional sources.

To help address these needs, a multi-disciplinary committee of representatives from academia and the public, private, and non-profit sectors was formed to develop a Roadmap for desalination and water purification technologies.

The Roadmap presents a summary of the water supply challenges facing our nation through 2020, and suggests areas of research and development that may lead to technological solutions to these challenges. The Roadmap may be used as a planning tool to facilitate science and technology investment decisions and a management tool to help structure the selection of desalination research, development, and demonstration projects - to ensure research efforts are coordinated and complementary.

The guiding vision for the Roadmap: By 2020, desalination and water purification technologies will contribute significantly to ensuring a safe, sustainable, affordable, and adequate water supply for our nation


For more information about the DWPR program, contact Kevin Price at: Bureau of Reclamation, 86-69000, PO Box 25007, Denver CO 80225; phone (303) 445-2260; or e-mail a message to MPrice@usbr.gov.