Identifying Reclamation-wide Water Quality Challenges
The purpose of this effort will be to answer the following questions:
• How can we develop a comprehensive understanding of advanced water treatment (AWT) needs across
• What are the benefits of Reclamation's AWT program in terms of meeting the needs of Reclamation's projects,
customers, and stakeholders?
• Can we use the individual needs determined at the project and program levels, to lead to more defined and
direct research objectives in the AWT program in the future?
Need and Benefit
Much of the Western U.S. continues to be in severe drought, which highlights the need to expand water supply
portfolios that take advantage of treating impaired supply sources such as seawater, brackish waters, and
wastewater effluent. The Oklahoma-Texas Area Office (OTAO) has jurisdiction over 11 reservoir projects across
Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas, which together deliver more than 650,000 acre-feet of municipal, industrial, and
irrigation water annually to about 3 million customers, and which also provide fish and wildlife, recreation, and
flood control benefits. Currently, all three of its reservoirs in Texas are below 50 percent conservation pool
elevation, with two reservoirs all but completely dry. This situation is being repeated across the nation, and
entities have a compelling need to develop new water supplies to help supplies traditionally provided by reservoirs
during severe droughts.
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Bureau of Reclamation Review
The following documents were reviewed by experts in fields relating to this project's study and findings. The results were determined to be achieved using valid means.
Identifying Reclamation-wide Water Quality Challenges (final, PDF,
By Collins Balcombe
Publication completed on September 30, 2016