August 2017

From the Desk of Executive Director Paul Kelley

We are introducing something new in this newsletter - an article from one of our new members and an article from Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (WE&RF), to describe their research services.  Check these articles out - new technology and research in desalination is positive.  And we look to provide space in newsletter for our members new and on going.
Since the last newsletter, there have been many activities - some mentioned below in the Federal and State advocacy arena.  In late spring and through the summer, the Department of Water Resources released their call for proposals/grant solicitation for $90 million available from the desalination funds in the Proposition 1 bond measure.  They are having more workshops and proposals will be due in September - so make sure you look at these funds and apply for them.

Enviro Water Minerals' Innovative Water Technology-Full Recovery Desalination

Water supply technology innovator, Enviro Water Minerals (EWM), recently completed its first water desalination plant in El Paso, Texas.  This is the first Full Recovery DesalinationSM  plant in the world. The project was done in collaboration with El Paso Water (EPW), the municipal water provider for El Paso.  The new facility is unique in addressing multiple challenges faced by water providers with expanding needs or challenging circumstances such as high salinity waters, financial constraints, or limited disposal options.

EWM has a revolutionary technology process that treats waters containing high levels of total dissolved solids ("TDS"), resulting in potable water and chemical constituents to be sold in the marketplace. EWM's Full Recovery DesalinationSM recovers approximately 99% of the water processed as drinking water and can capture all contaminants as beneficial-use products - a true zero-discharge solution. Furthermore, the process is often much more economical than alternatives as there are no disposal costs and the chemicals that are generated and sold offset some of the process costs. 
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Water Environment & Reuse Foundation Desalination Research Portfolio

The Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (WE&RF), a subscriber-based nonprofit (501c3) organization, manages a desalination research program to further the knowledge and understanding of desalination in regards to treatment strategies, regulatory concerns, cost implications, concentrate management, and environmental effects.  WE&RF, which was formed in July 2016 as the result of the merger of Water Environment Research Foundation and the WateReuse Research Foundation, conducts research to treat and recover beneficial materials from wastewater, stormwater, and seawater.

WE&RF's desalination program provides effective tools and information regarding the benefits of desalination as part of a diverse water portfolio. The program includes 29 projects covering topics in desalination and salinity management. Three ongoing desalination research efforts studying membrane pretreatment, subsurface intakes, and seawater integration are highlighted  

CalDesal is the only advocacy group in California dedicated to advancing the responsible development of ocean desalination, groundwater desalination and salinity management activities to help meet the state's water-supply challenges.  

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