September 1, 2017

UConn, Yale win federal funding for water purification research

UConn and Yale University will receive about $150,000 each from a federal agency responsible for research projects involving desalination and water purification.

The Bureau of Reclamation announced the awards this week as part of $3.62 million in federal funding that is being matched by $3.52 million in non-federal funds for its desalination and water purification research program.

Best known for the dams, powerplants, and canals it constructed in 17 western states, the bureau is the largest wholesaler of water in the country. Desalination and water treatment provide a potential new source of water for communities throughout the West, said Alan Mikkelsen, the bureau's acting commissioner.

"The research funding provided today will enable new technologies to be studied to see if they can help improve the treatment of water," he said.

In addition to the $150,000 Yale is receiving from the bureau, it is getting $39,236 in matching non-federal funds. UConn has been awarded $149,965, plus an additional $16,560, the bureau said.

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