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Bureau of Reclamation awards $1.6 million to four water reclamation and reuse research studies

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

For Release: December 20, 2019

WASHINGTON – The Bureau of Reclamation today announced awards totaling $1.6 million for four Title XVI water reclamation and reuse research studies. The resulting research will lead to increased water management flexibility and more reliable western water supplies. When non-federal cost-share contributions are included, these studies will accomplish more than $7.6 million in water reclamation and reuse research.

“Water treatment and wastewater recycling are essential tools for stretching limited water supplies in the western United States,” said Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman. “These Title XVI research studies will enable better use of recycled water to provide growing communities with new sources of clean water.”

Title XVI research projects are selected to receive funding through a competitive process. The four projects selected for funding are:

• City of San Diego (California)

Demonstrating Innovative Control Strategies for Reverse Osmosis Membrane Degradation and Preserving Water Quality in Potable Reuse Application with Optimized Chloramination Strategies

Reclamation funding: $155,113; Non-federal funding: $465,338

• The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (California)

Demonstration of Pathogen Removal through an Alternative Treatment Technology to Treat Non-Nitrified Secondary Effluent for Potable Reuse

Reclamation funding: $750,000; Non-federal funding: $3,237,785

• Padre Dam Municipal Water District (California)

East County Advanced Water Purification Facilities Preformed Chloramines Research to Ensure California Toxics Rule Compliance

Reclamation funding: $45,150; Non-federal funding: $135,453

• City of Norman (Oklahoma)

Lake Thunderbird Water Reuse - Field Research Project for Inland Indirect Potable Reuse

Reclamation funding: $700,109; Non-federal funding: $2,100,326

The Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Program supports the President's memorandum on Promoting the Reliable Supply and Delivery of Water in the West. Reclamation provides funding through the Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Program for projects that reclaim and reuse municipal, industrial, domestic or agricultural wastewater and impaired ground or surface waters. Reclaimed water can be used for a variety of purposes, such as environmental restoration, fish and wildlife, groundwater recharge, municipal, domestic, industrial, agricultural, power generation or recreation. Learn more at

Title XVI is part of the Department of the Interior's WaterSMART Program. 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 reduce local water conflicts. Visit for additional information about the program.

A complete description of the selected projects is available at:

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Complete description of the selected projects

WaterSMART Program