Media Contact: Peter Soeth, 303-445-3615
For Immediate Release: Oct. 30, 2014
Authorized Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Projects WaterSMART Funding Opportunity Now Available
Washington, D.C. – The Bureau of Reclamation is seeking applications from congressionally authorized sponsors of Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse projects for cost-shared funding to plan, design or construct their projects. The funding opportunity is part of Reclamation’s activity under the Department of the Interior’s WaterSMART initiative, which focuses on improving water conservation, sustainability and helping water resource managers make sound decisions about water use.
The funding opportunity is available on http://www.grants.gov by searching funding opportunity number R15AS00009.
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 naturally 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. Water reuse is an essential tool in stretching limited water supplies.
Title XVI projects provide communities with a new source of clean water while promoting water and energy efficiency and environmental stewardship. Title XVI also is an important part of the Department of the Interior’s implementation of the President’s June 2013 Climate Action Plan and the Nov. 1, 2013 Executive Order, Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change.
Since 1992, approximately $600 million in Federal funding through the Title XVI Program has been leveraged with non-Federal funding to implement more than $3 billion in water reuse improvements. This year, Reclamation anticipates providing funding for 5-10 projects. The President’s FY 2015 budget request included a $21.5 million request for the Title XVI Program.
Proposals must be submitted as indicated on http://www.grants.gov by 4 p.m., Mountain Standard Time, Dec. 15, 2014. It is anticipated that awards will be made this spring.
To learn more about WaterSMART, please visit http://www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART.
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