Small-Scale Water Efficiency Projects

Through the WaterSMART Small-Scale Water Efficiency Projects Reclamation provides 50/50 cost share funding to irrigation and water districts, tribes, states and other entities with water or power delivery authority for small water efficiency improvements that have been identified through previous planning efforts. Projects eligible for funding 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 projects that are limited in scope.


For additional information on WaterSMART Small-Scale Water Efficiency Projects, please contact Ms. Robin Graber at 303-445-2764 or send an email to

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


  • FY 2022 Small-Scale Water Projects Funding Opportunity Webinar

    The Bureau of Reclamation released a grant funding opportunity for the Small-Scale Water Efficiency Projects. The notice of funding opportunity is available on by searching for opportunity number R22AS00195. Click here to view the news release for this funding opportunity.

    Reclamation hosted a webinar on March 9, 2022 to discuss eligible applicants and project types, program requirements, and the evaluation criteria this funding opportunity. Click here to watch a recording of the live event.

    If you have questions regarding applicant and project eligibility, program requirements, or the evaluation criteria, click here and select Small-Scale Water Efficiency Projects Inquiries to schedule a time to talk with the program coordinators.

  • Reclamation investing in small water efficiency projects

    Huntington Cleveland Canal, Emery County.The Bureau of Reclamation announced that the WaterSMART Small-Scale Water Efficiency Projects grant opportunity is now available for small, on-the-ground projects that conserve, better manage or use water more efficiently in the West. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and, when enacted, 2022 appropriations will fund the selected projects. Read More →

  • Reclamation awards $5.5 million to 82 water improvement projects in 16 western states

    The Cimarron River, a tributary of the Gunnison River, flowing in Colorado.The Bureau of Reclamation selected 82 projects to share $5.5 million in WaterSMART Small Scale Water Efficiency Grants. These grants will help local communities make water efficiency improvements such as installing flow measurement, automating a water delivery system, or lining a canal section to reduce seepage. Read More →

Current Status

The FY22 Small-Scale Water Efficiency Projects funding opportunity closed April 28, 2022. Applications are currently under review.


April 2022

  • April 28: The FY22 Small-Scale Water Efficiency Projects funding opportunity closed.

News Releases

August 31, 2021
Reclamation awards $5.5 million to 82 water improvement projects in 16 western states

June 22, 2020
Reclamation provides $3.3 million to 52 WaterSMART Small-Scale Water Efficiency Projects

September 5, 2019
Reclamation selects 63 projects to receive $4.1 million to improve water efficiency and reliability


Last Updated: 6/14/22