. "Appendix A: Letter Report to John W. Keys, Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation." Review of the Desalination and Water Purification Technology Roadmap. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2004.
The National Research Council (NRC) is pleased to provide this “letter report” on the Desalination and Water Purification Technology Roadmap1 (Roadmap) developed by the Bureau of Reclamation with support from the Sandia National Laboratories as suggested by Congress in the 2002 Energy and Water Development Appropriation Bill. Your letter dated October 29, 2002 to the Water Science and Technology Board (WSTB) asked for a critical evaluation of the desalination Roadmap, which is intended to serve as a guide for federal agencies and other public and private organizations in their desalination research and technology investment decisions.2 In response, the NRC’s WSTB created the Committee to Review the Desalination and Water Purification Technology Roadmap to conduct the review. Committee members and NRC staff are listed in Attachment A. The committee’s Statement of Task is provided in Attachment B. The results of the NRC review are intended to aid your ongoing efforts to develop a national, broadly supported plan for desalination research investments.
This letter report, as explicitly requested by the Bureau of Reclamation, provides an initial assessment of whether the Roadmap presents “an appropriate and effective course to help address future freshwater needs in the United States” (addressing task #1 of the Statement of Task; see Attachment B). Our assessment is focused on the Desalination and Water Purification
For the purpose of this report, the term “Roadmap” is used to describe the Desalination and Water Purification Technology Roadmap, which was also called the Desalination Technology Progress Plan and the Desalination Research Roadmap in previous versions of the document and related correspondence.
According to the Roadmap report, the Roadmap is a “critical technology roadmap” that is intended to serve as a high-level strategic pathway for future desalination and water purification research As such, the Roadmap calls anention to future needs for development in technology, provides a structure for organizing technology forecasts and programs, and attempts to improve the communication between the research and development community and end users.