Laboratories & Facilities
Reclamation's extensive water storage, water delivery, and hydropower facilities offer unsurpassed living laboratories for field tests, evaluations, and demonstrations.
Reclamation has specialized facilities, equipment, and capabilities for testing or conducting research on water, power, or related needs. These facilities can be made available to industry and other organizations through Facility Use Agreements.
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The Technical Service Center (TSC) lab (PDF, 237 kB) in Denver, Colorado, provides research and development facilities/services for:
- Desalination and water purification systems, including: design and installation, membrane evaluation, and pilot and demonstration testing
- Hydraulic analysis, design, research, and testing
- Materials engineering, including research and testing on the physical design properties of concrete, soils, rock, geotextiles, and coatings for corrosion control methods
The Water Quality Improvement Center (WQIC) boasts a 12,000-square-foot research facility that serves as a field site to investigate new and improved water purification technologies. WQIC is in Yuma, Arizona, at the southern end of the Colorado River. This research facility offers resources including lab space, equipment, and experienced engineers and technicians knowledgeable in water treatment processes and operations. Collaborators interested in using this facility can also conduct their research or testing under a variety of feedwaters including surface and brackish agricultural and ground waters from the Colorado River.
The Brackish Groundwater National Desalination Research Facility (BGNDRF) (pronounced BERG-n-dorf) is a 40-acre research facility designed to conduct research on cost-effective advancements on desalination and alternative energy technologies. BGNDRF is at Alamogordo, New Mexico. This research facility focuses its research on brackish ground water desalination, small-scale rural water systems, renewable energy integration, concentrate management, oil and gas produced waters, and agricultural uses. This facility offers resources including lab space; spacious conference rooms; equipment; and experienced scientists, chemical and environmental engineers in process development, design, construction and testing.
Brackish Groundwater National Desalination Research Facility Receives the Better Buildings Federal Award In 2013, BGNDRF was selected for the U.S. Department of Energy's first annual Better Buildings Federal Award for its extreme energy savings--reducing energy use by 53.6 percent over a year. As part of a comprehensive effort launched in 2011 to reduce energy use and save money, BGNDRF facility operators altered the building's air conditioning control settings and adjusted lighting (for landscapes, 24-hour lighting, and indoor nighttime) to minimize energy use during unoccupied hours. Steve Holland, BGNDRF's electronic technician, coordinated this work across the facility to achieve these high savings.
This information was last updated on May 21, 2015
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