ACWA Members Awarded WaterSMART Grants by Will Holbert Aug 2, 2019 Water News Eight ACWA member water agencies will receive grant funding for system improvements through the Bureau of Reclamation’s WaterSMART Program, all but one involving advanced metering work. ACWA members counted among 13 California water systems listed by the Bureau in a July news release, and California was among 13 states dividing a total of $29.1 million in WaterSMART grants. The federal funding will augment local money in completing the projects. Receiving $1.5 million for upgrading to advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) were ACWA member agencies Long Beach Water Department, Moulton Niguel Water District, City of Newport Beach and the City of Oceanside. Grants of $300,000 for AMI upgrades went to Yorba Linda Water District, Olivehain Municipal Water District and Mission Springs Water District. The North Kern Water Storage District also received $1.5 million for lining the Calloway Canal with reinforced concrete. For more information, the Bureau provided an overview of the latest round of WaterSMART grant awards in a news release along with project descriptions for recipients in each state.