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  • Pitch to Pilot Selected Projects

    Bureau of Reclamation Selects Three Projects to Receive Nearly $300,000 for Innovative Water Treatment Research Projects

    Lehigh University, one of the three awardees for the Pitch to Pilot event, was selected for their Enhanced Recovery from Impaired Water Resources: Field Scale Validation of Hybrid Ion Exchange Membrane (HIX-M) Desalination Process project. Mike German accepts the Crowd Favorite award from the public event from Reclamation's Research and Development Office Advanced Water Treatment Research Coordinator, Yuliana Porras-Mendoza.(Nov. 16, 2016) The Bureau of Reclamation has selected three projects to receive $299,685 under an innovative pilot-scale water treatment technologies and process for inland desalination. The selected projects will receive funding through cooperative agreements and will include a period of pilot testing at the Brackish Groundwater National Desalination Research Facility in Alamogordo, New Mexico.

    "Reclamation and its partners are working to assure sustainable water supplies and provide clean and reliable water supplies for the Western United States," Commissioner Estevan López said. "Through the development of new water treatment technologies, such as the ones announced today, impaired waters will become a new and reliable source of water for communities throughout the country and specifically in the West." Read More →


    Inaugural Event

    Pitch to Pilot: Bridging Reclamation's Clean Water Technologies for Today and Tomorrow

    October 19-20, 2016

    Pitch to Pilot logo with Hoover Dam in background, swirling water wave, and One Water, One West at topReclamation has developed a new cooperative agreement competition called Pitch to Pilot to call for innovative pilot-scale water treatment technologies and processes for inland desalination.

    This Science and Technology funded opportunity under Advanced Water Treatment features a unique competition approach designed to accelerate proposal review and selection. Chosen applicants are invited to interact with the application review committee in-person and make a "pitch" on their proposal.

    Reclamation will provide up to $100,000 per project and anticipates selecting one to three awards to fund the design, pilot unit construction, installation, and testing at Reclamation's premiere Brackish Groundwater National Desalination Research Facility (BGNDRF) in Alamagordo, NM.

    Finalists include:

    University of California, Los Angeles - Flexible Low-Energy Reverse Osmosis
    Lehigh University - Enhanced Recovery from Impaired Water Resources: Field Scale Validation of Hybrid Ion Exchange-Membrane (HIX-M) Desalination Process
    Pacific Advanced Civil Engineering, Inc. - Development of Novel Photobiological Process to Improve Water Recovery in Brackish Groundwater Desalination
    University of North Texas - Pilot Evaluation of a Sustainable Autonomous Brackish Groundwater Desalination System
    University of Texas at El Paso - Low-Cost Recovery of Blowdown Water in Power Generation Facilities
    Mepilus, Inc. - Pilot-Testing of Third-Generation Capacitive Deionization with Polarized Electrodes

    For more information, contact Yuliana Porras-Mendoza, R&D Advanced Water Treatment Coordinator, at yporrasmendoza@usbr.gov or (303) 445-2265

Last Updated: 4/4/17