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Reclamation Announces Funding Opportunity for Small-Scale Water Efficiency Projects

Media Contact: Peter Soeth, 303-445-3615,

For Release: December 18, 2019

Small-Scale Water Efficiency Projects Funding Opportunity
Small-Scale Water Efficiency Projects Funding Opportunity
WASHINGTON – The Bureau of Reclamation has released a funding opportunity for small-scale water efficiency projects as part of the WaterSMART Program. The projects funded with these grants include installation of flow measurement devices and automation technology, canal lining or piping to address seepage, municipal meter upgrades, and other projects to conserve water. This funding announcement supports small-scale water efficiency projects that have been prioritized through planning efforts led by the applicant.

These cost-shared projects conserve and use water more efficiently, help water resource managers make sound decisions about water use, and accomplish other benefits that contribute to a reliable water supply in the West. To learn more about small-scale water efficiency projects or learn more about projects that have been previously funded, please visit

"With this funding opportunity, Reclamation will cost share with partners to accomplish meaningful small-scale on-the-ground projects that seek to conserve, better manage or otherwise make more efficient use of water supplies," said Robin Graber, program coordinator.

The funding opportunity is available at by searching for opportunity number BOR-DO-20-F006. Applications are due by Mar. 04, 2020, 4 p.m. MST.

Funding of up to $75,000 is available per project and total project costs should generally be $200,000 or less. Recipients must also provide at least a 50% non-federal cost share. Those eligible to apply for funding include states, Indian Tribes, irrigation districts, water districts, or other organizations with water or power delivery authority located in the western United States or United States Territories as identified in the Reclamation Act of June 17, 1902, as amended. Alaska and Hawaii are also eligible to apply.

For more than 100 years, Reclamation and its partners have worked to develop a sustainable water and power future for the West. This program 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. To find out more information about Reclamation's WaterSMART program, visit

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Relevant Link:

WaterSMART small-scale water efficiency projects website

Funding Opportunity on