California Agencies Selected for Federal Water Reuse and Efficiency Grants

A number of California water projects and studies have been selected to receive funding under Title XVI and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s WaterSMART program.

Funding includes $21.2 million for reclamation and reuse projects and studies and $11 million for 34 new water and energy efficiency grants.

“Strong partnerships are crucial to creating a sustainable water and energy supply,” said Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. “The WaterSMART program is designed to foster local partnerships and support innovative solutions to the water challenges of the future. This funding will not only help ensure a stable water supply for businesses and local residents but also create jobs, enhance the environment and strengthen local economies.”

One California recipient is Irvine Ranch Water District, which will receive $3.85 million for its Irvine Basin Groundwater and Surface Water Improvement Project to help conserve water. Nearing completion, the project uses wetlands to remove contaminants from urban drainage facilities, and pumps and treats brackish groundwater. Combined, these components produce approximately 13,300 acre-feet of water annually.

A complete description of the title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse projects and WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grant projects is available at www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART/title/.