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Released On: December 13, 2010

Two WaterSMART Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Program Funding Opportunities Now Available
The Bureau of Reclamation announced today the availability of two WaterSMART Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Program funding opportunities. Both funding opportunities are available online at www.grants.gov.

The first opportunity is open to sponsors who have already had their projects authorized by Congress under Title XVI of Public Law 102-575, as amended. Sponsors of authorized projects may submit proposals for funding of project phases that can be completed within two years or proposals for funding of qualifying construction activities that have already been completed. This announcement can be found on www.grants.gov under funding opportunity number R11SF80311.

The second opportunity is available for development of Title XVI feasibility studies for proposed water reclamation and reuse projects located within the 17 western states and Hawaii. Applicants are invited to submit proposals for cost-shared funding (50-percent non-federal funding/50-percent federal funding) that can be completed in one year. This announcement can be found on www.grants.gov under funding opportunity number R11SF80310.

The Title XVI program focuses on identifying and investigating opportunities to reclaim and reuse wastewater and naturally impaired ground and surface water in the 17 Western States and Hawaii. It has the potential to stretch water supplies using time-tested methodologies and piloting new concepts.

The WaterSMART (Sustain and Manage America's Resources for Tomorrow) program is intended to address the most significant challenges facing our water supplies in the 21st century, including population growth, climate change, rising energy demands, environmental needs, and aging infrastructure. To learn more about the WaterSMART program please visit www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART.

Proposals must be submitted for both opportunities by February 11, 2011 at 4:00 P.M. Mountain Standard Time as indicated in the funding opportunity announcement. It is anticipated the awards would be made this spring.

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