The Bureau of Reclamation invites eligible applicants to leverage their money and resources by cost sharing with Reclamation on the planning, design, and construction of Large-Scale Water Recycling Projects.
Donor Name: Bureau of Reclamation
State: Selected States
County: All Counties
Type of Grant: Grant
Size of the Grant: Up to $180 Million
Grant Duration: 25 months and 21 days
The U.S. Department of the Interior’s (Department) WaterSMART (Sustain and Manage America’s Resources for Tomorrow) Program provides a framework for Federal leadership and assistance to stretch and secure water supplies for future generations in support of the Department’s priorities. Through WaterSMART, the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) leverages Federal and non-Federal funding to support stakeholder efforts to stretch scarce water supplies and avoid conflicts over water. Through the Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Program (Title XVI), authorized by P.L. 102-575 in 1992, Reclamation provides financial and technical assistance to local water agencies for the planning, design, and construction of water reclamation and reuse projects. Water recycling is a tool in stretching the limited water supplies in the Western United States. Title XVI projects develop and supplement urban and irrigation water supplies through water reuse, thereby improving efficiency, providing flexibility during water shortages, and diversifying the water supply. These projects provide growing communities with new sources of clean water which increases water management flexibility and makes our water supply more reliable.Through the Large-Scale Water Recycling Program, Reclamation will provide up to 25 percent (%) Federal cost share, with no per-project Federal funding maximum, to water recycling projects that have a total project cost greater than or equal to $500 million. Large-scale water recycling 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. The Large-Scale Water Recycling Projects funding opportunity provides support for priorities identified in Presidential Executive Order (E.O.) 14008: Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad and is aligned with other priorities, such as those identified in E.O. 13985: Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government.
Maximum Award: Up to $180 Million. Federal Award Amount is based on a max of 25% of the expected total project cost.
- Anticipated Award Date: 9/30/2024
- Anticipated Project Completion Date: 11/21/2026
As part of the implementation of the new Large-Scale Water Recycling Program, Reclamation has identified four stages of project development: planning; 30% design; 100% design; and construction. As each project proposed for funding progresses through those stages, Reclamation will work with the project sponsor to gather and review updated information to ensure that the project meets all statutory and programmatic requirements. Prior to an award of Federal funding for any project selected under this funding opportunity, Reclamation must determine that the applicant’s Feasibility Study meets Reclamation requirements, and that the cost-estimating and design information for the project are sufficient as appropriate for the stage of development of the project. This program structure is intended to acknowledge that project sponsors may have information sufficient to meet Feasibility Study requirements prior to completing project design, and that more detailed information can be provided to Reclamation as design work progresses and cost estimates are refined.
Applicants eligible to receive financial assistance to fund activities under this NOFO include:
- States, Indian Tribes, municipalities, irrigation districts, water districts, wastewater districts; and any state, regional, or other organization with water or power delivery authority,
- state, regional, or local authorities, the members of which include one or more organizations with water or power delivery authority; and
- An agency established under State law for the joint exercise of powers, or a combination of entities.
All applicants must be located in the Western United States; specifically: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.
For more information, visit Grants.gov.