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:
- Develop a consensus and direction to guide investments for the creation of new water purification technologies;
- Identify the roles that various sectors of the economy can play in the creation of new water purification technologies; and
- Develop an expert group to review alternative water purification technologies.
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Continuum of activities to be conducted in parallel
|Create new technology
- Research and Development
- Pilot-scale testing
- Comp. evaluation framework
| ||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.