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Reclamation investing in small water efficiency projects

Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will help water users improve water management projects

Media Contact: Peter Soeth 303-445-3615
For Release: Feb 24, 2022
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WASHINGTON – The Bureau of Reclamation announced that the WaterSMART Small-Scale Water Efficiency Projects grant opportunity is now available for small, on-the-ground projects that conserve, better manage or use water more efficiently in the West. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and, when enacted, 2022 appropriations will fund the selected projects.

“Today’s announcement illustrates how the funding provided by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will allow Reclamation to leverage and amplify successful and proven tools,” said Assistant Secretary for Water and Science Tanya Trujillo. “These additional funds will expand the number of on-the-ground projects and further support western communities to improve water conservation and reliability.”

"These small, community-led projects can help western communities address some of their water management issues," said Reclamation Acting Commissioner David Palumbo. "The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is allowing us to reach many Western communities where they have identified a need but not necessarily the funding to complete the work." 

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law contains $400 million over five years for WaterSMART grants, including small-scale water efficiency projects. In 2022, Reclamation is making $160 million available and will release other funding opportunities this spring. To learn more about how Reclamation is implementing the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, please visit

For more than 100 years, Reclamation and its partners have developed sustainable water and power solutions for the West. This funding opportunity is part of the Department of the Interior's WaterSMART Program, which focuses on improving water conservation and reliability while helping water resource managers make sound decisions about water use.

Find out more information at Reclamation's WaterSMART program webpage.

Additional information on how to apply for funding

The funding opportunity released today is available at by searching for opportunity number R22AS00195. Applications are due on April 28, 2022, at 4 p.m. MDT. Eligible applicants include states, Indian Tribes, irrigation districts, or any other organization with water or power delivery authority in the Western United States or territories. An applicant is eligible for up to $100,000, and the total project costs should be $225,000 or less.

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