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TDA Research, Inc., of Wheat Ridge was awarded $100,000 of funding for an innovative water desalination system for small communities last month, part of the Environmental Protection Agency’s $1.6 million in funding for small businesses to develop technologies that will help protect human health and the environment by detecting chemicals in the air, ensuring cleaner water, and creating greener materials.

“Development of brackish groundwater and seawater as alternative water sources can help address concerns about the future availability of potable water,” said Girish Srinivas, TDA Partner and Vice president.

The contract was awarded through the EPA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. Companies compete for the annual Phase I awards ($100,000) by submitting research that addresses key environmental issues. After receiving a Phase I award, companies are eligible to compete for a Phase II award of $300,000 to further develop and commercialize the technology.

For more information on the EPA’s SBIR program visit www.epa.gov/sbir.