The U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation), is currently requesting pre-proposals sponsored by the Desalination and Water Purification Research and Development Program (DWPR). Through this program, Reclamation is forming partnerships with private industry, universities, water utilities, and others to address a broad range of desalting and water purification needs. The intent of the program is to augment the supply of usable water in the United States. This will be accomplished by reducing the costs, improving operation and reliability, and developing innovations in desalination and water purification technologies. The Water Desalination Act of 1996, and the current Continuing Resolution, are the authorizing legislation for this program. The Act defines the following important terms: (1) Desalination or desalting means ?the use of any process or technique for the removal and, when feasible, adaptation to beneficial use, of organic and inorganic ? compounds from saline or biologically impaired waters, by itself or in conjunction with other processes? and (2) Saline water means Asea water, brackish water, and other mineralized or chemically impaired water.?
The primary goal of the DWPR is to develop more cost-effective, technologically efficient, and implementable means to desalinate water. A number of objectives are inherent in this goal, including:
? Water Supply: Increase the usable water supply in the United States through the treatment of impaired waters.
? Economics: Reducing the costs of desalination and water purification technologies to make them more affordable to communities of varying sizes and financial resources.
? Technology: Creating new and innovative technologies, improving the reliability of existing processes, and strengthening the US desalination industry.
? Efficiency: Developing methods to make desalting more energy efficient.
? Environment: Developing methods to ensure desalting technologies have acceptable impacts on health and the environment (e.g. concentrate management).
? Regulations: Working with regulators and researchers to ensure that regulations for desalination processes are appropriate.
? Multiuse: Expanding the use of desalination processes for multiple uses such as municipal water, wastewater reuse, industrial, and agricultural uses.
? Technology Transfer: Ensuring full transfer of knowledge and commercialization of technology.
The DWPR includes research in 3 categories: Research and Laboratory Studies, Pilot Scale Projects, and Demonstration Scale Projects.
Research and Laboratory Studies
Duration: 13 months or less
Description: Research studies are typically bench scale studies that usually involve small flow rates less than 2 gpm. They are used to determine the ability of a process to work well or badly and they sometimes involve high degrees of uncertainty.
Pilot Scale Projects
Duration: 25 months or less
Description: Pilot scale studies are typically preceded by research studies that demonstrate the technology works. They usually involve flow rates between 1 and 20 gpm on natural water sources. They are used to determine the physical and economic ability of a process. Costs are developed for capital and operation & maintenance costs.
Demonstration Scale Projects
Duration: 37 months or less
Description: Demonstration scale projects are typically preceded by pilot scale studies that demonstrate that the process is physically and economically viable. Demonstration scale projects typically involve larger flows from 20 to 500 gpm on natural water sources located at a realistic field setting. They are used to refine cost estimates and demonstrate the technology to the public. Detailed costs are developed for capital and operation & maintenance costs. Result should show the marketability of the demonstration unit or the required upgrades to become a commercially viable product.
Who can apply:
City Or Township Governments
Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments
Independent School Districts
Native American Organization
Non-Government - General
Nonprofits Having A 501(C)(3) Status With The IRS, Other Than Institutions Of Higher Education
Nonprofits That Do Not Have A 501(C)(3) Status With The IRS, Other Than Institutions Of Higher Education
Other Private Institution/Organization
Private Institutions Of Higher Education
Private Nonprofit Institution/Organization (Includes Institutions Of Higher Education, Hospitals)
Public And State Controlled Institutions Of Higher Education
Public Housing Authorities/Indian Housing Authorities
Quasi-Public Nonprofit Institution/Organization
Small Business (Less Than 500 Employees
Special District Governments
Specialized Group (Health Professional, Student, Veteran)
State (Includes District Of Columbia; Includes Institutions Of Higher Education And Hospitals)
U.S. Territories And Possessions (Includes Institutions Of Higher Education, Hospitals)
Eligible functional categories:
Water Desalination Research and Development Program
Desalination and Water Purification Research and Development Program
If you have problems accessing the full announcement, please contact:
Department of Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Acquisition and Assistance Management Services - D-7800