WaterSMART (Sustain and Manage America's Resources for Tomorrow)
The American West faces serious water challenges. Wide-spread drought, increased populations, aging infrastructure, and environmental requirements all strain existing water and hydropower resources. Adequate and safe water supplies are fundamental to the health, economy, and security of the country. Through WaterSMART, Reclamation will continue to work 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.
The Bureau of Reclamation has published a funding opportunity for Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Research Projects. It is for research sponsors to submit proposals to cost-share Title XVI Research activities that seek to 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. View Funding Opportunity →
The Bureau of Reclamation has published the 2021 funding opportunity announcement for congressionally authorized Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Projects. Funding opportunity announcement number BOR-DO-20-F008 is available on grants.gov. Applications are due on September 10, 2020, at 4 p.m. MDT. Sponsors of water reclamation and reuse projects specifically authorized for funding under Title XVI of Public Law 102-575, as amended are eligible to apply. It is anticipated that Reclamation will make between 6-10 awards. View Funding Opportunity →
Reclamation's WaterSMART Program provided information and discussed the current funding opportunities that are available on June 25, 2020. View the Presentation.
The Bureau of Reclamation has selected 52 projects in 13 states in the West to share $3.3 million in WaterSMART grants for small-scale water efficiency improvements. These projects deliver on the Department of the Interior and Reclamation's commitment to support local entities as they plan for and implement actions to increase water supply through investments to modernize existing infrastructure. The selected projects include installation of flow measurement or automation in a specific part of a water delivery system, lining of a section of a canal to address seepage or other similar small-scale projects. Read More →
Reclamation launches WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grant funding opportunity and extends drought resiliency project deadline
The Bureau of Reclamation is launching the 2021 WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grant funding opportunity that support water management organizations developing projects that result in quantifiable and sustained water savings, increase the production of hydropower and support broader water reliability benefits. Applications for these grants are due on Sept. 17, 2020, at 4 p.m. MDT. Reclamation is also extending the deadline for the 2021 Drought Resiliency Projects funding opportunity while raising the maximum federal award for each of the two groups of projects. Read More →