One of the WERC judges invited us to
visit his place of employment, the
Brackish Groundwater National Desalination Research Facility,
operated by the Bureau of Reclamation
of the U.S. Department of the Interior, and we took him up on it on
our last full day in New Mexico. The facility is located in
Alamogordo, about an hour east of Las Cruces.
The idea of the facility is that
government, private, or university researchers wishing to conduct
research on new water desalination techniques can set up their
experiments here, right in the center of the area where water
desalination is most needed. The facility can provide much of
an experiment's needed infrastructure.