Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory won a five-year, $100 million award to serve as a Department of Energy hub to look at “water security” issues, including energy-efficient and cost-effective desalination technologies.

The money, some of which still must be appropriated by Congress, also includes research into treating nontraditional water sources for a variety of uses.

The award to the National Alliance for Water Innovation led by the Energy Department’s Berkeley Lab and including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the National Energy Technology Laboratory, 19 universities and 10 companies