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The Water Desalination Research & Development Program Newsletter * Special Edition * 1997


Through the Water Desalination Research & Development (DesalR&D) Program, Reclamation is forming partnerships with private industry, universities, institutes, local communities, and other Federal laboratories to address a broad range of desalting and water treatment needs. The primary goal of the DesalR&D program is to develop more cost-effective, technologically efficient, and implementable means to desalinate water. This newsletter is a DesalR&D program Technology Transfer effort and is provided to keep you informed of the latest activities and developments in the program. For more information about the DesalR&D program, contact Lisa Henthorne at 303-236-6203, ext. 230, or visit the DesalR&D program web site at: http://www.usbr.gov/pmts/water/research/DWPR/.


This special edition of Water from Water is prepared to provide you information related to the DesalR&D program fiscal year 1998 pre-proposal solicitation packages.


The fiscal year 1998 DesalR&D program pre-proposal solicitation packages are now available. Requests for the pre-proposal solicitation packages must be made in writing to: Stephanie Bartlett, Grants and Cooperative Agreements Officer, Bureau of Reclamation, Acquisition Operations Group, Code D-7810, Den Fed Ctr, PO Box 25007, Denver CO 80225; or by facsimile to 303-236-8630; or by e-mail to sgbartlett@do.usbr.gov. Reference the DesalR&D Program Pre-Proposal in all requests. Telephone requests will not be honored. Complete information can be found on Reclamation's Acquisition and Assistance Management Services web site at: http://www.usbr.gov/aamsden/index.html and in the Commerce Business Daily posted 11/6/97. Pre-proposals are due no later than 1/13/98.

Reclamation is soliciting proposals in 6 different research areas for projects of 12 months duration or less (follow-on funding may be available for successful projects). The award amount varies according to the area of interest. Offerors (other than academic institutions of higher learning) must be willing to cost-share 50 to 75 percent of the project cost, depending on the financial need of the project. Cost-sharing may be made through cash or in-kind contributions from the offeror, or third party non-Federal participants. Cost-sharing is not mandatory from academic institutions, but is strongly encouraged. Offerors proposing to provide additional cost-share will be given greater consideration. No profit or fee will be allowed. Patent rights for any developments will be retained by the research partner in accordance with provisions contained in the solicitation. Any responsible source, to include individuals, educational institutions, commercial or industrial organizations, private entities, public entities (including state and local), or Indian Tribal Governments may submit a pre-proposal. Federal agencies are not eligible to apply. Pre-proposals will be reviewed for overall scientific and/or technical merit, potential contributions to the DesalR&D program objectives, qualifications of the proposer, and reasonableness of the estimated costs. Meritorious pre-proposers will be encouraged to submit a full proposal. Submission of a pre-proposal is not mandatory; however, offerors are strongly encouraged to do so. Brief descriptions of each area of interest and their respective funding amounts are listed below. A generic list of examples of the types of research and development opportunities that may be considered is included with the packages. The examples in the packages may not necessarily be given preferential consideration over unspecified research that also meets the goals of the program. Solicitation packages for the full proposals will be issued on or about 2/27/98; the due date will be on or about 4/15/98.

TASK A - MEMBRANE PROCESS RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT STUDIES - The primary objective of this task is to reduce the cost and increase the ease of operation of membrane-based desalting and water treatment systems. Projects under this area can apply to any portion of a membrane treatment process including pretreatment. Reclamation expects to make award of 3 to 4 agreements in amounts of $50,000 to $125,000 for these projects.

TASK B - THERMAL PROCESS RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT STUDIES - Research and development studies will focus on improvements in thermally-driven desalting processes. Thermal processes are generally applied to seawater desalting because of the high energy investment. Projects under this area can apply to any portion of the thermal desalting process including pre- and post-treatment. Reclamation expects to make award of 3 to 4 agreements in amounts of $50,000 to $125,000 for these projects.

TASK C - NON-TRADITIONAL AND ALTERNATIVE DESALINATION RESEARCH AND STUDIES - Research and studies will focus on investigation of non-traditional or alternative desalination techniques to include the evaluation of the economics and thermodynamic efficiency. Reclamation expects to make award of 1 or 2 agreements in amounts of $50,000 to $100,000 for these projects.

TASK D - WATER RECYCLING AND REUSE - Research and studies will support activities directed at innovative methods to treat municipal, industrial, or agricultural wastewater in a cost-effective manner. Projects could also include solving specific problems related to specific reuse facilities in order to improve the economics or overall operation and maintenance of existing or future facilities. Reclamation is presently co-funding the evaluation and construction of a number of water recycling projects through authorization under P.L. 102-575, Title XVI. Research efforts in support of these projects are activities of particular interest. Reclamation expects to make award of 3 agreements in amounts of $60,000 to $75,000 for these projects.

TASK E - ANCILLARY AND ECONOMIC IMPROVEMENTS - This research area of interest is three-fold: 1) Studies that evaluate the opportunities to promote desalination development in combination with new or existing power facilities, in order to create a dual-purpose facility; 2) Studies that evaluate the economic and environmental benefits of recovering the by-products of desalting processes; and 3) Studies that conduct cost evaluations of which desalting process is most economically feasible for communities under different restrictions and localities, as well as economic sensitivity analyses of thermal and membrane systems. Pre-proposals will be considered in any of these three categories of studies to provide ancillary and/or economic improvements to desalination processes. Reclamation expects to make award of 3 agreements in amounts of $25,000 for these projects.

TASK F - CONCENTRATE ISSUES - Research and studies will evaluate the various problems related to concentrate disposal and develop innovative techniques to reduce concentrate impacts on the environment. Regulations controlling concentrate disposal should be evaluated on a state-by-state basis. Thorough research findings must be provided to back up any suggested changes in regulations. Reclamation expects to make award of 2 to 3 agreements in amounts of $75,000 to $100,000 for these projects.


Water from Water is published by Reclamation's Water Treatment Engineering and Research Group - Susan Martella, Editor. For more information about the DesalR&D 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.