Desalination and Water Purification

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“The Tularosa Basin of New Mexico has been often suggested as an ideal location to conduct research and development on brackish water desalination.”
Bureau of Reclamation Report to Congress, Tularosa National Desalination Research Facilty Study, 2002 (2.9 Mb PDF).


New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute’s Website on the test facility: Tularosa Basin National Desalination Research Facility.


Fact Sheet: Test Facility Fact Sheet (176 KB PDF).


Presentation: Tularosa Basin National Desalination Research Facility - Background and Overview (1.3 Mb PDF).

Test Facility

Tularosa Basin National Desalination Research Facility

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Tularosa Basin National Desalination Research Facility is operated by the Bureau of Reclamation. The facility was designed in order provide a site to research and pilot existing desalination technologies as well as new technologies.

While construction was still underway at the facility the US Bureau of Reclamation and the US Navy piloted the Expeditionary Unit Water Purifier (EUWP). The EUWP purifies, stores, and dispenses 100,000 gallons of water per day; the water it produces meets Tri-Service Field Water Quality Standards for long term consumption. The EUWP is based on a current state-of-the-art US Army Tactical Water Purification System. Its deployment at the Tularosa Basin National Desalination Research Facility was part of a science and technology effort to explore novel approaches to reduce the cost of desalination.



















Desalination web site contact: PVBRADY@sandia.gov