Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Program Construction Funding Opportunities Now Available Through WaterSMART

Media Contact: Peter Soeth, 303-445-3615

For Release: October 17, 2012

WASHINGTON - A Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Program funding opportunity is now available through WaterSMART. The Bureau of Reclamation is inviting sponsors of congressionally authorized Title XVI projects to request cost-shared funding for the planning, design or construction of those projects.

The funding opportunity is available by searching funding opportunity number R13SF80002 on www.grants.gov.

Reclamation anticipates providing no more than $4,000,000 per applicant. This is subject to WaterSMART's final Fiscal Year 2013 appropriations, project funding capability and the amount remaining under the appropriations ceiling for each authorized project. Approximately 5-10 awards are expected to be made this year.

Through the Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Program, Reclamation provides funding for projects that reclaim and reuse reuses municipal, industrial, domestic or agricultural wastewater and naturally impaired ground or surface waters. Reclaimed water can be used for a variety of purposes, such as environmental restoration, fish and wildlife, groundwater recharge, municipal, domestic, industrial, agricultural, power generation or recreation. Water reuse is an essential tool in stretching the limited water supplies.

The WaterSMART Program focuses on improving water conservation and sustainability and helping water resource managers make sound decisions about water use. It identifies strategies to ensure that this and future generations will have sufficient supplies of clean water for drinking, economic activities, recreation and ecosystem health. The program also identifies adaptive measures to address climate change and its impact on future water demands. Through WaterSMART and other conservation programs funded over the last three years, more than 580,000 acre-feet of water per year is estimated to have been saved.

Proposals must be submitted as indicated on www.grants.gov by Dec. 12, 2012 at 4 p.m. MST. It is anticipated that awards will be made this spring.

To learn more about WaterSMART, please visit www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART.

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