light their major components and the largest opportunities for cost reductions. The chapter also includes a discussion of the costs of desalination relative to other water supply alternatives.
The practical aspects of implementation for water providers are described in Chapter 7, including regulatory concerns, public perception, and financing.
In Chapter 8, the committee presents two long-term goals for advancing desalination technology and develops a national research agenda to address these goals. Recommendations are offered on the implementation of this proposed research agenda, including an estimate of the federal resources necessary to support it.