Large-Scale Water Recycling Program

Section 40905 of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), P.L. 117-58 provides authority for Reclamation’s Large-Scale Water Recycling Program. The program will provide $450 million over the next five years to projects in Reclamation states that have a total project cost greater than or equal to $500,000,000, at 25% Federal cost share, with no per-project maximum. Large-scale recycled water projects will play an important role in helping communities develop local, drought-resistant sources of water supply by turning currently unusable water sources into a new source of water supply that is less vulnerable to drought and climate change.

Projects will become eligible to compete for funding under the Large-Scale Water Recycling Program once Reclamation has reviewed a feasibility study submitted by the non-Federal project sponsor and has informed Congress that the project meets Reclamation’s requirements. Temporary guidelines for the preparation of feasibility studies are established by WTR TRMR-128, Large-Scale Water Recycling Program Feasibility Study Review Process

WTR-TRMR-128 communicates to project sponsors the additional information they must provide to Reclamation, beyond existing Title XVI Program requirements. The additional requirements are being made available as a TRMR so that potential project sponsors can begin working on feasibility studies. Over the next year, this TRMR will be incorporated as permanent revisions to the existing Reclamation Manual Directive and Standards "Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Program and Desalination Construction Program Feasibility Study Review Process" (WTR 11-01). There will be an opportunity for public comment during the permanent revision process.       

If you have questions regarding applicant and project eligibility, or program requirements, click here and select Large-Scale Water Recycling Program Inquiries to schedule a time to talk with the program coordinators.

You may complete this form to receive WaterSMART program notification from the Bureau of Reclamation.


Current Status

Feasibility Guidance is available at


November 2022

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Last Updated: 11/15/22