Bureau of Reclamation Announces Plans to Invest $23 Million in Water Reuse and Efficiency

Feb. 11, 2016
Congress allocated $100 million to address the Western drought

Bureau of Reclamation commissioner Estevan López released plans Feb. 8 to spend an additional $23 million this year to support water reuse and efficiency, including $9 million for the Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Program, $9 million for WaterSMART Grants and $5 million to support water recycling as part of California’s Central Valley Project. Reclamation also plans to invest $2 million in research and development.

Under the fiscal year 2016 omnibus appropriations legislation, Reclamation received an additional $100 million to address the ongoing Western drought. The WateReuse Assn. joined seven other water sectors groups last month in urging the Bureau of Reclamation to use a portion of newly received drought response funds to invest in water reuse activities.

“We are so pleased that the Bureau of Reclamation continues to see water reuse, conservation and efficiency as priorities,” said WateReuse Assn. executive director Melissa Meeker. “We applaud their ongoing support of sustainable systems.”

Last month’s letter to the Bureau of Reclamation urging that a portion of the drought response funds be invested in water reuse was signed by the WateReuse Assn., National Assn. of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), American Public Works Assn. (APWA), National Assn. of Water Companies (NAWC), Water Environment Federation (WEF), Assn. of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA), American Water Works Assn. (AWWA) and Assn. of California Water Agencies (ACWA).

The $100 million provided for western drought response will address a number of projects affected by drought:

  • Central Valley Project, which includes funding for the American River Division, Delta Division, Friant Division, Shasta Division and other programs, California ($37.9 million);
  • WaterSMART Grants, Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Program, Drought Response and Comprehensive Drought Planning, and Cooperative Watershed Management Program ($22.6 million);
  • Lower Colorado River Basin Drought Response Action Plan, California, Arizona and Nevada ($11.5 million);
  • Native American Technical Assistance Program ($6 million);
  • Yakima River Basin Water Enhancement Project, Washington ($9 million);
  • Lewiston Orchards Project, Idaho ($1 million);
  • Research and Development Program ($2 million);
  • Rogue River Basin Project, Oregon ($2 million);
  • Salton Sea Research Project, California ($3 million);
  • Colorado River Basin System Conservation Pilot Program in the upper and lower basins, Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming ($5 million).

Source: WateReuse

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