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Research Goals

Reclamation’s current research and development goals for advanced water treatment technologies come from the 2008 National Academy of Sciences report: Desalination, A National Perspective. They are to:

  1. Understand environmental impacts and develop approaches to minimize these impacts relative to other water supply alternatives

  2. Lower costs so advanced treatment is an attractive option relative to other alternatives in locations where traditional sources of water are inadequate

Our purpose is to advance the state-of-the-art high risk applied research and development and to enhance non-Federal partnerships to accelerate the implementation of improved technologies. Additionally, reducing institutional barriers and increasing technology transfer activities that can accelerate implementation of these technologies are important aspects of these goals.

What are the overall research goals?

Strategy and Goals

Strategy Statement: To increase the nation’s ‘new’ water by understanding and minimizing environmental impacts and decreasing costs of advanced water treatment technologies to generate widespread benefits in the interest of the American public.


Research Priorities

Advanced water treatment is one of our few opportunties to create new water suppliesfor both inland and coastal areas. Research and innovation are needed to bring these new water supplies to the American Westto help fulfill Reclamation's mission.

National Research Council Final Desalination: A National Perspective (15 mb pdf)

Previous research priority setting

Research Needs and Priorities

Desalting as an Environmentally Friendly Water Treatment Process

Summary Report of an ADA Seminar



Research Opportunities at the Yuma Water Quality Improvement Center

Summary Report of a Joint Reclamation/ADA Seminar



AWWARF/Reclamation Membrane Workshop

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Desalination Research and Development Workshop Report

National Water Research Institute



Report to Congress - Desalination & Water Purification Research & Development Program

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