CalDesal April Newsletter

  • by BPC Staff
  • on April 17, 2014

CalDesal April Newsletter 

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Bureau of Reclamation Seeks Proposals through Desalination and Water Purification Research Funding Opportunity Announcement


    WASHINGTON – The Bureau of Reclamation is seeking proposals from universities, water utilities, private industry and others to address a broad range of desalting and water purification needs. Reclamation is interested in research that will have national significance and where the benefits of the technology will be widespread.

    Proposals that support Reclamation’s research priorities will receive additional credit during the rating process. Those research priorities are:

        1. Research and pilot studies conducted at the Brackish Groundwater National Desalination Research Facility

        2. Development and evaluation of flexible use systems for treating waters of significantly varying salinities

        3. Pilot studies treating agricultural return flows containing elevated levels of total dissolved solids and selenium

    Funding will be provided for laboratory studies and pilot scale projects. Laboratory studies lasts up to 13 months and are typically bench scale studies involving small flow rates (less than 2 gallons per minute). Pilot scale studies typically follow research studies to demonstrate the technology works at a larger scale. They usually involve flow rates between 1 and 20 gallons per minute and are tested using natural water sources rather than synthetic or laboratory-made feedwater.

Reclamation will provide up to $1.5 million in total funding this year. Up to $150,000 will be available for each laboratory study. Up to $200,000 per year for each pilot scale project will be available, for a total of up to $400,000 for two years.

Institutions of higher education are encouraged to provide cost-share for research projects, but it is not required. Other applicants must provide a cost-share of 75 percent of the cost of the project. It may be reduced to 50 percent if it is determined that the project is not feasible without such increased federal contribution.

    The Desalination and Water Purification Program is helping Reclamation and its partners confront widening imbalances between supply and demand in basins throughout the west through testing and development of new advanced water treatment technologies. It focuses on three main goals: (1) augment the supply of usable water in the United States; (2) understand the environmental impacts of desalination and develop approaches to minimize these impacts relative to other water supply alternatives; (3) develop approaches to lower the financial costs of desalination so that it is an attractive option relative to other alternatives in locations where traditional sources of water are inadequate.

    The funding opportunity announcement is available at by searching for announcement number R14AS00036. Pre-proposals must be submitted through by May 14, 2014, at 3:00 p.m. MDT.

To learn more about Reclamation’s Advanced Water Treatment activities, please visit:

    Reclamation is the largest wholesale water supplier and the second largest producer of hydroelectric power in the United States, with operations and facilities in the 17 Western States. Its facilities also provide substantial flood control, recreation, and fish and wildlife benefits. Visit our website at



The WateReuse Research Foundation invites you to participate in a new webcast.


Development of a Public Communication Toolkit for Desalination Projects


May 8, 2014
2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. EDT
11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. PDT
PDHs: 1.25
Fee: Free for Foundation Subscribers


Register Now!

    This webcast will highlight a new WateReuse Research Foundation project conceived to provide a versatile toolkit that water agencies can use as a roadmap to fashion their own public outreach efforts and craft outreach materials that address specific conditions they face in their own jurisdictions. The communication toolkit includes a variety of documents and materials that will assist in shaping unique and effective public outreach programs.

    Materials that are included draw from the experience of water purveyors that have proposed desalination projects in California, Texas, Florida, Australia, and Spain and provide useful real-life experience about what has worked and what has not. Both “hands-on” and “virtual” materials are provided. A guide to developing a strategic outreach and awareness plan summarizes the necessary steps in creating a successful communication effort. There is also a sample video that discusses the key issues facing many desalination projects, such as energy usage, impacts to marine life and where desalination is being used successfully today.

    The presenters will convey their observations on what they see occurring in the industry and lessons learned so far in the quest to gain public acceptance of desalination.


    Patricia Tennyson, executive vice-president, Katz & Associates, has developed and managed communication, government and community relations, and public affairs and media strategies for water and wastewater agencies.

    Mark Millan is the principal of Data Instincts, Public Outreach Consultants – a professional consultancy specializing in public outreach and public involvement for implementing recycled water and desalination projects.

    Joseph Charest is a vice president at Katz & Associates specializing in developing multidisciplinary communication programs designed to raise awareness of issues, frame public debate and change behavior.


For more information about this webcast, click here



Rehab Evaluation Consultant Selected

From, 4/14/14


    Carollo Engineers has been selected to conduct a three-phase evaluation for the re-activation of the City of Santa Barbara’s existing Charles Meyer Desal Plant. The 3,125 AFY (10,560 m3/d) SWRO facility has been mothballed since shortly after its 1992 commissioning, although it has kept all permits in place in hopes of reactivating the plant if necessary.

    Josh Haggmark, the City’s acting water resources manager, told WDR that Carollo was selected over two other bidders and negotiations were underway in advance of the 6 May city council meeting where an award of the approximately $750,000 project is likely to be made. Carollo had previously undertaken a 2009 study for the City in which they concluded that the rehabilitation alone would cost $17.7 million, plus $2.5 million in distribution system improvements.

    As the City experiences the third year of drought, it has been decided that it would take a closer look at how the rehabilitation might move forward, and develop specifications for conducting the rehabilitation and ensuring all permits were up-to-date.

    “The general timeline has us presenting the results of the study phase by October 2014, so that we could have a design/build RFP out on the street before December 2014,” said Haggmark.

    If the current drought continues, a contract award for project design could occur in March 2015. However, planners will defer the substantial cost of the facility’s reactivation for as long as reasonably possible, and the plant would probably not be re-commissioned until the sixth year of drought.



Desalination Funding Opportunity at the Bureau of Reclamation


Development of a Public Communication Toolkit for Desalination Projects



Santa Barbara Rehab Consultant Selected

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