Bureau of Reclamation makes funding opportunities available for Desalination Construction Projects under the WIIN Act and Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Projects

Media Contact: Peter Soeth, 303-445-3615, psoeth@usbr.gov

For Release: May 30, 2018

WASHINGTON – The Bureau of Reclamation has made two funding opportunities available, Desalination Construction Projects under the WIIN Act and Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Projects. Applications are due for both funding opportunities by 4 p.m. MDT on July 27, 2018.

The Desalination Construction Projects under the WIIN Act funding opportunity provides sponsors of ocean and brackish water desalination project the opportunity to request cost-shared funding for the planning, design and/or construction of those projects. Desalination projects provide flexibility for communities to stretch the limited water supplies in the Western United States by developing and supplementing municipal and irrigation water supplies through the treatment of ocean or brackish water. Reclamation is making up to $18 million available under this funding opportunity. This funding opportunity is available at www.grants.gov by searching for funding opportunity number BOR-DO-18-F012.

The Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Projects funding opportunity allows for sponsors of water reclamation and reuse projects that are congressionally authorized or are eligible under section 4009(c) of the WIIN Act to request cost-shared funding for planning, design and/or construction of those Projects. Water reclamation and reuse projects provide improved efficiency, flexibility during water shortages and diversifies the water supply. Reclamation is making up to $20 million available for those projects authorized under the WIIN Act and $34 million for the congressionally authorized Title XVI projects. Learn more about Title XVI at www.usbr.gov/watersmart/title/. This funding opportunity is available at www.grants.gov by searching for funding opportunity number BOR-DO-18-F011.

Both of these funding opportunities are part of WaterSMART. Through WaterSMART, Reclamation works cooperatively with States, Tribes, and local entities as they plan for and implement actions to increase water supply through investments to modernize existing infrastructure and attention to local water conflicts. Visit https://www.usbr.gov/watersmart for additional information about WaterSMART.

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Relevant Link:

Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Projects FOA

Desalination Construction Projects under the WIIN Act FOA