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President Biden's Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to Help Communities Reduce Vulnerability to Drought

Over $310 million investment will support 25 projects bringing water to more than 850,000 per year

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For Release: Aug 18, 2022
Membranes used in the treatment process for water being recycled and then reused. Membranes used in the treatment process for water being recycled and then reused.

IRVINE, Calif. — Following a tour of the Syphon Reservoir Improvement Project at the Irvine Ranch Water District today, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland and Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Camille Calimlim Touton announced the allocation of $309.8 million in funding from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and $1 million in appropriated funding for the planning, design and construction of water reuse projects across the country. The selected projects will advance drought resilience and are expected to increase annual capacity by about 213,000 acre-feet of water, enough water to support more than 850,000 people a year.

The announcement caps a two-day swing through central and southern California to highlight how investments from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will help address the worsening drought crisis and expand access to clean drinking water for families, farmers and wildlife. On Wednesday, Secretary Haaland, Commissioner Touton, and federal, state and local leaders visited with farmers and water users in Fresno to discuss water solutions for farmers and highlight investments from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

“Water is essential to everything we do and it will take all of us, working together, to address the significant drought impacts we are seeing across the West. As the climate crisis drives severe drought conditions and historically low water allocations, President Biden's Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is making historic investments to address water and drought challenges and invest in our nation’s western water and power infrastructure,” said Secretary Haaland.

"Water reuse helps communities diversify their water supply as they are facing an unprecedented drought and a changing climate," said Commissioner Touton. “This has tangible impacts and can help feed families, grow crops, sustain wildlife and the environment and help more families access safe, clean, reliable water. These projects will provide flexibility for communities and help them stretch their current drinking supplies as they will be treating wastewater that continues to be available."

Funding will support local water management agencies with stretching existing drinking water supplies and helping to ensure that growing water needs can be met through the advanced treatment of wastewater and naturally impaired surface and groundwater. Along with non-federal contributions, today’s investment will support an overall $1.2 billion in infrastructure projects. 

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law allocates $8.3 billion for Bureau of Reclamation water infrastructure projects to repair aging water delivery systems, secure dams, complete rural water projects, and protect aquatic ecosystems. The funding announced today is part of the $1 billion in WaterSMART Water Recycling and Reuse grants provided by the Law. The Department previously announced $52.2 million this year in WaterSMART grants funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to support water and energy efficiency projects and conserve watersheds and restore aquatic habitats.

Selected Projects

Recipient State Title Reclamation Funding

Big Bear Area Regional Wastewater Agency


Replenish Big Bear Project


Carpinteria Valley Water District


Carpinteria Advanced Purification Project


Coachella Valley Water District


Water Reclamation Plant 10 (WRP-10) Non-Potable Water System


Eastern Municipal Water District


Purified Water Replenishment Project


Irvine Ranch Water District


Syphon Reservoir Improvement Project


Jurupa Community Services District


Joint IEUA-JCSD Recycled Water Intertie Project


Las-Virgenes-Triunfo Joint Powers Authority


Pure Water Project Las Virgenes-Triunfo


Monterey One Water


Expand Pure Water Monterey Groundwater Replenishment Project


City of Morro Bay


Water Reclamation Facility Project


City of Oceanside


Pure Water Oceanside Program


Olivenhain Municipal Water District


North San Diego Water Reuse Coalition Regional Recycled Water Program: 2020 Project


Padre Dam Municipal Water District


East County Advanced Water Purification Program Phase 2


City of Palo Alto


City of Palo Alto Advanced Water Purification System


City of Pismo Beach


Central Coast Blue


Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District


Harvest Water Program


City of San Buenaventura


Ventura Water Pure Program


Santa Margarita Water District


San Juan Watershed Project


Sonoma County Water Agency


North Bay Reuse Program: Phase 2 Program


Soquel Creek Water District


Pure Water Soquel: Groundwater Replenishment and Seawater Intrusion Prevention Project


Water Replenishment District of Southern California


Groundwater Reliability Improvement Program Recycled Water Project


County of Maui


Lahaina Water Recycling Project #3: West Maui Recycled Water Expansion


City of Nampa


City of Nampa Recycled Water Program


El Paso Water Utilities Public Service Board


Advanced Water Purification Facility


Weber Basin Water Conservancy District


Tertiary Treatment Facility in Central Weber


City of Cheney


Cheney Purple Pipe Project


The Departments of the Interior and Agriculture co-lead the Drought Resilience Interagency Working Group and recently released their Drought Resilience 2022 Year One Summary Report.

More information, including details about other current opportunities to apply for funding available under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, is available on Reclamation's WaterSMART program webpage.

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