- Associated Press - Thursday, April 9, 2015

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) - With clean water supplies dwindling, federal officials put out a call around the world in hopes of finding innovative technology that could turn brackish water into potable water.

Five finalist teams will be showing off their desalination systems as part of the international completion beginning Thursday in Alamogordo.

They’re competing for $200,000 in prizes and the chance at federal grants to continue their research.

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation says the finalists were culled from a list of 68 teams from 29 countries.

The challenge calls for the finalists to demonstrate cost-effective, energy-efficient and environmentally sustainable systems.

The agency’s Brackish Groundwater National Desalination Facility in Alamogordo will be open to the public Saturday. That will be the final full day of testing for competitors.

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