The Bureau of Reclamation has released a funding opportunity for small-scale water efficiency projects as part of the WaterSMART Program. The projects funded with these grants include installation of flow measurement devices and automation technology, canal lining or piping to address seepage, municipal meter upgrades, and other projects to conserve water.
These cost-shared projects conserve and use water more efficiently, mitigate conflict risk in areas at a high risk of future water conflict, and accomplish other benefits that contribute to a reliable water supply in the West. To learn more about small-scale water efficiency projects or learn more about projects that have been previously funded, please visit https://www.usbr.gov/watersmart/swep.
The funding opportunity is available at www.grants.gov by searching for opportunity number BOR-DO-19-F005. Applications are due by April 24, 2019, at 4 p.m. MDT.
Funding of up to $75,000 is available per project and total project construction costs should be no more than $200,000. Recipients must also provide at least a 50-percent non-Federal cost share. Those eligible to apply for funding include states, Indian Tribes, irrigation districts, water districts, or other organizations with water or power delivery authority located in the western United States or United States Territories as identified in the Reclamation Act of June 17, 1902, as amended. Applicants must also provide a 50 percent non-Federal cost-share.
For more than 100 years, Reclamation and its partners have worked to develop a sustainable water and power future for the West. This program is part of the Department of the Interior's WaterSMART Program, which focuses on improving water conservation and reliability while helping water resource managers make sound decisions about water use. To find out more information about Reclamation's WaterSMART program, visit https://www.usbr.gov/watersmart.
Reclamation is the largest wholesale water supplier in the United States, and the nation's second largest producer of hydroelectric power. Its facilities also provide substantial flood control, recreation, and fish and wildlife benefits. For more information, visit https://www.usbr.gov.
SOURCE: The Bureau of Reclamation