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“And only with cost-effective and efficient revolutionary technologies will the nation be able to meet its future demand for safe, sustainable, and affordable water — relying on conventional water treatment plants is an insufficient answer to the nations evolving water supply challenges.” - Desalination and Water Purification Technology Roadmap 2003.

Technology Roadmap

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The 2003 Desalination and Water Purification Technology Roadmap identifies areas of research necessary to develop cost-effective technological ‘tools’ that can be used to help solve the nation’s water supply challenges.

The Roadmap Executive Committee recognizes that there is no “silver bullet” solution to our nation”s water supply challenges. The original series of roadmap workshops were held in 2002 to frame a roadmap that would provide a process for the future. The goal of the process is to:


Continuum of activities to be conducted in parallel

Create new technology
  • Research and Development
  • Pilot-scale testing
  • Comp. evaluation framework
  • Upscaling

 Characterize the resource
  • Map saline water sources
  • Model saline water extraction
  • Characterize chemical conditions

 Address implementation issues
  • Address rights/ownerships issues
  • Address environment issues
  • Address regulatory issues

 Commercialize and implement
  • Educate water-use communities
  • Support early implementation
  • Create/expand mfg. base
  • Create/expand the A&E base

 Collaborate at the global scale
  • International technology development
  • International water needs

Roadmap progress since the original “living document” includes:

The first roadmap revision that will incorporate this progress is scheduled to be completed by 2006. It will be posted on this website.

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