Advanced Water Technology Roundtable

MAY 02, 2016
Udall Launches Water Technology
Innovation Initiative with Roundtable
Discussion Featuring Sandia Labs
Researchers, Water Tech Leaders, Local
Focus on developing water efficiency technology
could help NM turn challenge into strength and
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall initiated the first of several
conversations he will hold about how he can help stimulate new jobs by supporting
cutting-edge technologies that save water, energy and money for businesses and

At a roundtable at Applied Technology Associates in the Sandia Science &
Technology Park, Udall gathered leaders in water technology, including architect
Dale Dekker and developer Gary Goodman, representatives of water technology
companies, and scientists from Sandia National Laboratories. Participants shared
research and ideas for how to improve water technology to promote efficiency. And a
group of students from the Bosque School and Rio Rancho High School shared their
work with the Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program.
"Albuquerque is a leader in water conservation, making great strides as a center for
water technology development - and we have to be. New Mexico's arid climate
means drought is always a threat. We have to make every drop count, and where
possible, count more than once," Udall said. "But we can turn this challenge into a
strength - and create jobs - by leading the nation in water technology innovation.
Building on what we're already doing in water technology also will help us become
more efficient and strengthen our economy. I initiated this conversation because
collaboration, innovation and better coordination are critical to make progress, and I
want to be a strong partner for this effort in Washington."
The effort builds on Udall's work as an advocate for technology transfer - turning
research done at New Mexico's Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories into
marketable products. He has partnered with Los Alamos and Sandia labs, local tech
firms, venture capitalists and others to spur tech transfer at DOE. While he will
continue to lead the push on tech transfer, Udall hopes to help advance a similar
effort on water technology.
Researchers at Sandia Labs also are doing innovative research on ways to use
water more efficiently, said Marianne Walck, Vice President for California Laboratory
and Energy and Climate Programs at Sandia.
"For nearly two decades, Sandia National Laboratories has been recognized as a
leader in water technology research and development," said Walck, who participated
in the event. "Our ongoing water technology research has led to over 20 patents and
three R&D 100 Awards, building on our strong foundations in materials science,
water chemistry, molecular modeling and systems modeling."
In April, Udall passed water efficiency legislation through the Senate as part of a
bipartisan energy efficiency bill. His Smart Energy and Water Efficiency Act will help
communities upgrade water infrastructure to prevent leaks, saving both money and
energy. The Senate energy legislation also included his bipartisan amendment to
expand the WaterSense Program, a labeling program like EnergyStar, which
promotes water efficient appliances. As a member of the Senate Appropriations
Subcommittee on Energy and Water, Udall also has championed stronger funding for
the WaterSMART program, which funds Bureau of Reclamation water planning,
efficiency, reuse and other projects, including recent initiatives in Albuquerque, Santa
Fe, and the Navajo Agricultural Project Industry.
Four years ago, Udall co-hosted a water resources conference in Southern New
Mexico to discuss New Mexico's water challenges and develop a plan - and
legislation - to help address future water scarcity. He reintroduced that legislation
earlier this year.
Udall hopes to build on today's conversation by soliciting ideas for ways he can
partner with innovators and entrepreneurs. He will take the ideas shared with him to
Washington, where he sits on the Senate Appropriations Committee, which funds government programs and helps,
guide national priorities.