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Rural Water Supply Program

The Rural Water Supply Program is a program that Reclamation is developing pursuant to the Rural Water Supply Act of 2006, Public Law 109-451.

The Act authorized Reclamation to establish a program to work with rural communities, including tribes, throughout the 17 western states to assess potable water supply needs and to identify options to address those needs through appraisal investigations and feasibility studies.


Rural Water Assessment Report

The Rural Water Supply Act of 2006 (Act) requires that the Secretary of the Interior, in consultation with the Secretary of Agriculture, the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, the Director of the Indian Health Service, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and the Secretary of the Army, to develop a comprehensive assessment of the status for the Bureau of Reclamation’s rural water projects and Reclamation’s plans for completing the design and construction of rural water supply projects that were individually authorized prior to enactment of P.L. 109-451.  This Assessment also reports on how the Rural Water Supply Program will be carried out and coordinated with other Federal Programs that support the development and management of water supplies in rural communities in the 17 western States in order to maximize efficiency of the various programs and to leverage Federal and non-Federal funding to meet the shared goals of the programs.

Rural Water Assessment Report


Reclamation's FY 2013 budget seeks $69.6 Million for Rural Water Supply Program - (Feb. 13, 2012) President Obama's FY 2013 budget request for Reclamation's Rural Water Program seeks $69.6 million in funding for Reclamation's seven ongoing authorized rural water projects. This includes $18 million for operation and maintenance of tribal features for two projects - the Mni Wiconi and Garrison Diversion Unit — and $51.6 million in construction funding combined for the seven projects.
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Additional $30 Million Provided for Six Rural Water Projects - (Feb. 8, 2012) Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced $30 million in funding for rural water construction projects to help advance six infrastructure projects that will deliver clean, reliable drinking water to remote areas. More...

 

 

 

General Information

Interim Final Rule

The interim final rule which establishes the criteria for the Rural Water Supply Program was published on November 17, 2008. Read the Rule in HTML, PDF. More...

Rural Water Assessment Report

The Rural Water Supply Act of 2006 (Act) requires that the Secretary of the Interior, in consultation with the Secretary of Agriculture, the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, the Director of the Indian Health Service, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and the Secretary of the Army, to develop a comprehensive assessment of the status for the Bureau of Reclamation’s (Reclamation) rural water projects and Reclamation’s plans for completing the design and construction of rural water supply projects that were individually authorized prior to enactment of P.L. 109-451. 

Rural Water Assessment Report

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Last updated: 10/7/14