Eight Western States to Receive $25.5 Million for Water Efficiency Projects as Part of Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law
Written by Caleb Nelson on June 21, 2022
Today, the Department of the Interior announced “$25.5 million” in Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funds for “WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grants” in an effort to “safeguard local water supplies” in the face of severe western drought.
Eight western states will be awarded funding for fourteen projects to “help local communities improve water use efficiency” by lining canals, upgrading water meters, installing automated gates to control water flow, and other infrastructure improvements.
The projects are anticipated to save more than 12 billion gallons of water annually – enough to fill roughly “880,000” swimming pools – through reductions in residential water use and various improvements to increase irrigation efficiency. Two of the projects will also receive funding for solar energy installations to power the affiliated water facility and water district buildings. Including non-federal funding contributions, the projects represent more than $130 million in water management improvements.
“Through President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, we are making a historic investment in drought resilience and water infrastructure to help more families, farmers and Tribes gain access to clean water,” Assistant Secretary for Water and Science Tanya Trujillo says. “The WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grants will help communities conserve and use water more efficiently, increase the production of hydropower and help us tackle historic drought.”
“Delivering water more efficiently is key to helping Western communities become more resilient to drought. These community-led projects are an example of how the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law supports our work to minimize drought impacts and develop long-term solutions to facilitate water conservation and economic growth.” Commissioner Camille Calimlim Touton says. “These grants represent a once in a generation opportunity to meet the long-term adaptation for drought and a changing climate.”
The President’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law allocates “$8.3 billion” for Bureau of Reclamation water infrastructure projects to repair aging water delivery systems, secure dams, complete rural water projects, protect aquatic ecosystems and fulfill Indian Water Rights Settlements. The funding announced today is part of the $160 million in WaterSMART grants provided by the Law in 2022. Local Governments in eight states set to receive funding must complete their project within three years.
The projects selected include the following:
|City of Corona||CA||Advanced Metering Infrastructure Program||$2 million|
|Metropolitan Water District of Southern California||CA||Regional Public Agency Turf Replacement Program||$2 million|
|North Kern Water Storage District||CA||Calloway Canal Lining||$2 million|
|City of Rialto||CA||Advanced Metering Infrastructure Implementation Project||$2 million|
|Santa Clarita Valley Water Agency||CA||Automated Metering Infrastructure Project (Phase 1)||$2 million|
|Sutter Mutual Water Company||CA||Irrigation Efficiency Upgrades and Water Savings SCADA and Automated Water Delivery Systems||$1 million|
|City of Greeley||CO||Greeley AMI Meter Installation Project||$2 million|
|North Side Pumping Company||ID||Pumping Plant Elimination and Canal Abandonment Project||$2 million|
|City of Norman/Norman Utilities Authority||OK||Norman Utilities Authority Advanced Metering Infrastructure Implementation Project||$2 million|
|El Paso County Water Improvement District No. 1||TX||Riverside Canal Concrete Lining Project (Phase IV)||$1 million|
|Davis & Weber Counties Canal Company||UT||Canal Enclosure and Solar Energy Project||$1.5 million|
|Weber Basin Water Conservancy District||UT||Upper Willard Canal Lining Project (Phase 8)||$2 million|
|Kennewick Irrigation District||WA||2022 Canal Lining and Water Conservation Project||$2 million|
|Owl Creek Irrigation District||WY||Owl Creek Irrigation District Water Delivery and Efficiency Improvement Project||$2 million|