Members of National Academy of Science Review Committee met in Washington, D.C. last week to review Desalination & Water Purification Technology Roadmap. It was committee's second and final meeting before finalizing report to be submitted to U.S. Bureau of Reclamation in November.
Research Roadmap was authorized by Congress and prepared under direction of BuRec by team of desalination and water experts. It provides overview of nation's water supply needs and proposes suite of research areas holding greatest potential for generating technical solutions.
Roadmap considers five technology areas (membrane, thermal, alternative, concentrate management and reuse) and identifies, selects and develops objectives to satisfy near- and long-term water supply challenges.
When 61-page Roadmap was released in January this yr., NAS/National Research Council organized committee to evaluate and determine if it presented appropriate and effective course to address future water needs, identified key technical and scientific issues, and their priorities. Eleven-member committee was also asked to recommend best roles for federal agencies, national labs, other research institutions, utilities, and private sector.