The Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act provides new authority to Reclamation to develop a desalination construction program that will provide a path for ocean or brackish water desalination projects to receive Federal funding.

Reclamation is developing a new WaterSMART Desalination Construction Program to allocate funding for desalination projects through a competitive grant program in 2018.

The feasibility studies for the following desalination projects meet the requirements contained in Reclamation Manual Directives and Standards WTR 11-01. These findings have been transmitted to Congress.

Eligible Projects

Feasibility Study State Year Complete
City of Antioch, Antioch Brackish Water Desalination Project CA 2018
City of Camarillo, North Pleasant Valley Desalter Facility CA 2017
City of McAllen, Brackish Groundwater Desalination Project TX 2017
City of Oceanside, Mission Basin Groundwater Purification Facility Well Expansion and Brine Minimization Project CA 2018
El Paso Water Utilities Public Service Board, Kay Bailey Hutchison Expansion TX 2018
Olivenhain Municipal Water District, San Dieguito Valley Groundwater Desalination Project CA 2018
San Antonio Water System, Brackish Groundwater Desalination Program TX 2011
South Coast Water District, Doheny Desalination Project CA 2018

Report to Congress - Feasibility Study Review Findings Report

The Bureau of Reclamation has transmitted a WIIN Desalination Project Feasibility Study Findings Report to Congress.


Last Updated: 4/29/19