Rep. Napolitano Introduces Desalination Reauthorization

Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-CA) has introduced HR 2664, the Reauthorization of Water Desalination Act.  The measure would direct the Secretary of Interior to conduct research, development, and demonstration activities for technologies and methods that “…promote brackish groundwater desalination as a viable method to increase water supply in a cost-effective manner.”  The goal is to develop new water and energy technologies with widespread application and create new supplies of usable water for municipal, agricultural, industrial, or environmental purposes.  The bill would authorize $2 million for each fiscal year 2012-16.