Water is a critical requirement for power generation, and water treatment is a major user of electrical power in the United States. While innovations in energy production, storage and efficiency have led to dramatic improvements in the stability of the U.S. energy sector, water is increasingly becoming the unstable element.

Berkeley Lab scientists are pioneering a range of new technologies and systems to reduce the cost, and improve the reliability of U.S. water production. Closer to home, Berkeley Lab is working with California water agencies, agriculture producers and municipal managers to design new methods for capturing and storing more water naturally, and developing greater resilience for water-dependent industries and communities in a potentially dryer climate.