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Decision Support

Decision Support was one of the original focus areas of the Desalination Act of 1996. Several reports providing information and tools to support advanced water treatment decisions have been published. Broad areas of work are:

Science and Technology Program Projects

ID Title Start End Contact Reports
7060 Development of a Method for Evaluating Sequence of Water Use to Maximize Benefit of Treatment and Minimize Impact to the Environment 2006 2007 Michelle Chapman Water Reuse Study for
Big Bear, California (pdf)
3180 Treatment of Produced Water for Beneficial Use in the Western United States 2007 2010 Katherine Guerra

Presentation slides: Development of Produced Water Strategies

Use of Ceramic Membranes for Produced Water Treatment

9361 Strategies for Treating Variable Source Water 2010 Michelle Chapman Presentation slide

Desalination and Water Purification Research Program Reports

Report Title

Author

Date

Report #
Technology Assessment

The Desalting and Water Treatment Membrane Manual: A Guide to Membranes for Municipal Water Treatment

Bureau of Reclamation

Sep-93

1

Preliminary Research Study for the Construction of a Pilot Cogeneration Desalination Plant in Southern California

Supersystems, Inc.

May-95

7

The Desalting and Water Treatment Membrane Manual, A Guide to Membranes for Municipal Water Treatment, 2nd Edition

Bureau of Reclamation

May-98

29

Water Treatment Primer for Communities in Need

Bureau of Reclamation

Updated 2010

68

Desalting Handbook for Planners

RosTek Assoc., Inc., DSS Consulting, Inc., & Aqua Resources International, Inc.

2-Dec

72

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

Bureau of Reclamation, Sandia National Laboratories

3-Jan

95

An Expert System for Decision-making in the Use of Desalination for Augmenting Water Supplies (abstract)

University of North Carolina

8-Aug

107

Industry Consortium Analysis of Large Diameter Reverse Osmosis/Nanofiltration Element Diameters

Dow Chemical Company

4-Sep

114

Barriers to Thermal Desalination in the United States

Water Consultants Int'l

8-Mar

144

Treatment of Concentrate Mickley & Associates; Boulder, CO May-09 155
Facility Surveys

National Desalting and Water Treatment Needs Survey

Bureau of Reclamation

May-93

2

National Facilities Survey - Part 1

Separation Consultants, Inc

Sep-94

12

National Facilities Survey - Part 2

Separation Consultants, Inc

Jan-97

38

Cogeneration (no reports)
Cost Estimation & Economics

Survey of U.S. Costs and Water Rates for Desalination and Membrane Softening Plants

Leitner & Associates, Inc

Jun-97

24

Water Treatment Estimation Routine (WaTER) User Manual (2006 excel spreadsheet)

Bureau of Reclamation & NIST

Aug-99

43

WTCost II: Modeling the Capital and Operating Costs of Thermal Desalination Processes Utilizing a Recently Developed Computer Program that Evaluates Membrane Desalting, Electrodialysis, and Ion Exchange Plants

I. Moch and Associates

8-Feb

130

Improving the Thermodynamic and Economic Efficiencies of Desalination Plants: Minimum Work Required for Desalination and Case Studies of Four Working Plants

University of Nevada at Reno

3-Nov

78