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One goal of the roadmap process is to: “Develop a consensus and direction to guide investments for the creation of new water purification technologies.” - Desalination and Water Purification Technology Roadmap 2003.

Technology Roadmap

Task Force


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The Joint Water Reuse & Desalination Task Force, an alliance of national research organizations including the American Water Works Association’s Research Foundation (AwwaRF), the Bureau of Reclamation, Sandia National Laboratories, and the WateReuse Foundation, has created and begun to work through a Desalination and Water Purification Roadmap Implementation Process.

Created in response to the National Research Councilšs review of the original Desalination and Water Purification Roadmap and the need to fashion a unified national research agenda, the Implementation Process has two objectives:


The task force will accomplish these goals by cultivating and coordinating multiple research efforts at a national level with the intent of meeting current and projected real-world user-generated needs while minimizing overlaps.

In order to achieve the goals of the Implementation Process, the team will need to define user needs (both current and long-term), and then generate research and development activities that can meet these needs. At the same time, we will map out the legal and regulatory obstacles to technological change (referred to as Institutional Issues), and then link them back to user needs and research and development activities.

An outcome of implementation work over 2004 and 2005 is a revised roadmap that will be posted on this website this winter.

Desalination web site contact: PVBRADY@sandia.gov