Desalination and Water Purification Research Program



About DWPR Program

    The Desalination and Water Purification Research Program (DWPR) works with Reclamation researchers and partners to develop more innovative, cost-effective, and technologically efficient ways to desalinate water.


    Stories & Media
    • News - Funding for Water Treatment Technologies

      Bureau of Reclamation Awards $3.62 Million for Desalination and Water Purification Research in 15 States

      (Aug. 31, 2017) Bureau of Reclamation Acting Commissioner Alan Mikkelsen announced that Reclamation will provide $3.62 million to conduct laboratory and pilot-scale desalination and water purification research in 15 states. Sixteen laboratory projects, four new pilot-scale projects and one continuing pilot-scale project were selected.

      "Desalination and water treatment provide a potential new source of water for communities throughout the West," Mikkelsen said. "The research funding provided today will enable new technologies to be studied to see if they can help improve the treatment of water." Read More →


      View the FY2017 DWPR Awards

    • News - Water Treatment Research

      Bureau of Reclamation Seeks Applicants for Four Water Treatment Research Funding Opportunities

      (Nov. 3, 2016) The Bureau of Reclamation is seeking applicants for four water treatment research funding opportunities under the Desalination and Water Purification Research Program and Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Program.

      The DWPR program funding opportunities will provide funding for the full spectrum of technology development and testing to support the commercialization of new desalination and water purification technologies. The Title XVI Program funding opportunity is focused on moving research to practice by supporting planning related research to help deploy technologies or processes that are currently available in the industry to help address water supply challenges. Read More →

    • News - Funding for Water Treatment Technologies

      Bureau of Reclamation Selects Twenty-one Projects to Receive $2.93 Million to Study Water Treatment Technologies

      (June 30, 2016) Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Estevan L√≥pez today announced $2.93 million in funding for water treatment technologies research. This funding is being provided through the Desalination and Water Purification Research Program for the development of new water treatment technologies and Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Program for research into the deployment of new technologies that supports the expansion of water technologies in new locations. Read More →

    • News - Partnerships

      Reclamation Partners with AMTA for Fellowships in Membrane Technology

      (August 30, 2016) The American Membrane Technology Association (AMTA) and the Bureau of Reclamation are proud to announce a call for nominees for fellowships for membrane technology. The AMTA/Reclamation Fellowships will consist of competed awards given to graduate students pursuing a full-time Masters or Ph.D. at a University or College in the United States conducting research in innovations for water treatment in membrane related research. Read More →

    • News - DWPR Program

      FY 2016 DWPR Selected Projects

      (June 30, 2016) Includes Laboratory Studies in Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, New York, Texas as well as Pilot Projects in California. Read More →


Last Updated: 12/15/17