Bureau of Reclamation releases funding opportunity for water reclamation and reuse research studies

Funding is available for communities to conduct research needed to explore the use of recycled or reclaimed water

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

For Release: June 27, 2019

Photo of an existing Title XVI project. Funding is available for projects to establish or expand the use of water reclamation and reuse.
Photo of an existing Title XVI project. Funding is available for projects to establish or expand the use of water reclamation and reuse.
WASHINGTON — The Bureau of Reclamation is releasing a funding opportunity for entities to submit research proposals that address water supply challenges by establishing or expanding the use of water reclamation and reuse, improving existing water reuse facilities, and/or streamlining the implementation of state-of-the-art technology for new facilities.

"Helping communities study how they can implement water reclamation and reuse into their water management portfolio will enable a broader use of recycled water," said Reclamation’s Title XVI Program Coordinator Amanda Erath.

Funding is available in three categories.

  • Funding Group I: Desktop research studies to develop science and decision-support tools to assist communities in decision-making related to implementing or expanding water reclamation projects. Up to $150,000 in federal funding is available per project.
  • Funding Group II: Research studies focused on improvements to existing facilities that could be implemented at the research study sponsor’s location but that also may include broad benefits for the industry. Up to $300,000 in federal funding is available per project.
  • Funding Group III: Research studies that focus on state-of-the-art technology verification at a new proposed location or community that may also result in broader benefits for the industry. Up to $750,000 in federal funding is available per project.

Those eligible to apply for this funding opportunity are state, regional or local authorities; Indian tribes or tribal organizations; or entities such as a water district, wastewater district or rural water district. Applicants must be located in the western United States, a United States Territory or Hawaii. Applicants must be willing to provide at least 75-percent or more of the total project cost.

The funding opportunity is available at www.grants.gov by searching for funding opportunity number BOR-DO-19-F009. It will close on September 23, 2019.

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Relevant Link:

Funding Opportunity on Grants.gov