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Released On: November 13, 2013

WaterSMART Funding Available for Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Projects
WASHINGTON - The Bureau of Reclamation is inviting sponsors of congressionally authorized Title XVI projects to request cost-shared funding for planning, design or construction through the Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Program funding opportunity posted today. The funding opportunity is part of Reclamation's activity under the Department of the Interior's WaterSMART initiative, which focuses on improving water conservation, sustainability and helping water resource managers make sound decisions about water use.

The funding opportunity is available on http://www.grants.gov by searching funding opportunity number R14AS00002.

Through the Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Program, Reclamation provides funding for projects that reclaim and reuse 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 limited water supplies.

Title XVI projects provide communities with a new source of clean water while promoting water and energy efficiency and environmental stewardship. Title XVI also is an important part of the Department of the Interior’s implementation of the President’s June 2013 Climate Action Plan and the Nov. 1, 2013 Executive Order, Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change.

Since its establishment in 2010, WaterSMART has provided more than $161 million in competitively-awarded funding to non-federal partners, including tribes, water districts, municipalities and universities through WaterSMART Grants and the Title XVI Program.

Proposals must be submitted as indicated on http://www.grants.gov by 4 p.m., Mountain Standard Time, Jan. 7, 2014. It is anticipated that awards will be made this spring.

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

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