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President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to Help Communities Reduce Vulnerability to Drought

Over $310 million investment will support 25 projects bringing water to more than 850,000 per year

Dept of Interior, 8/18/22

IRVINE, CA — Following a tour of the Syphon Reservoir Improvement Project at the Irvine Ranch Water District today, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland and Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Camille Calimlim Touton announced the allocation of $309.8 million in funding from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and $1 million in appropriated funding for the planning, design and construction of water reuse projects across the country. The selected projects will advance drought resilience and are expected to increase annual capacity by about 213,000 acre-feet of water, enough water to support more than 850,000 people a year.

The announcement caps a two-day swing through central and southern California to highlight how investments from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will help address the worsening drought crisis and expand access to clean drinking water for families, farmers and wildlife. On Wednesday, Secretary Haaland, Commissioner Touton, and federal, state and local leaders visited with farmers and water users in Fresno to discuss water solutions for farmers and highlight investments from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

“Water is essential to everything we do and it will take all of us, working together, to address the significant drought impacts we are seeing across the West. As the climate crisis drives severe drought conditions and historically low water allocations, President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is making historic investments to address water and drought challenges and invest in our nation’s western water and power infrastructure,” said Secretary Haaland.

“Water reuse helps communities diversify their water supply as they are facing an unprecedented drought and a changing climate,” said Commissioner Touton. “This has tangible impacts and can help feed families, grow crops, sustain wildlife and the environment and help more families access safe, clean, reliable water. These projects will provide flexibility for communities and help them stretch their current drinking supplies as they will be treating wastewater that continues to be available.”

Funding will support local water management agencies with stretching existing drinking water supplies and helping to ensure that growing water needs can be met through the advanced treatment of wastewater and naturally impaired surface and groundwater. Along with non-federal contributions, today’s investment will support an overall $1.2 billion in infrastructure projects.

The 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, and protect aquatic ecosystems. The funding announced today is part of the $1 billion in WaterSMART Water Recycling and Reuse grants provided by the Law. The Department previously announced $52.2 million this year in WaterSMART grants funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to support water and energy efficiency projects and conserve watersheds and restore aquatic habitats.

Selected Projects

Recipient  State  Title  Reclamation Funding 
Big Bear Area Regional Wastewater Agency  CA  Replenish Big Bear Project  $8,267,112 
Carpinteria Valley Water District  CA  Carpinteria Advanced Purification Project  $9,659,990 
Coachella Valley Water District  CA  Water Reclamation Plant 10 (WRP-10) Non-Potable Water System  $12,276,517 
Eastern Municipal Water District  CA  Purified Water Replenishment Project  $10,000,000 
Irvine Ranch Water District  CA  Syphon Reservoir Improvement Project  $12,245,625 
Jurupa Community Services District  CA  Joint IEUA-JCSD Recycled Water Intertie Project  $12,275,000 
Las-Virgenes-Triunfo Joint Powers Authority  CA  Pure Water Project Las Virgenes-Triunfo  $10,199,637 
Monterey One Water  CA  Expand Pure Water Monterey Groundwater Replenishment Project  $10,316,822 
City of Morro Bay  CA  Water Reclamation Facility Project  $9,310,095 
City of Oceanside  CA  Pure Water Oceanside Program  $9,941,533 
Olivenhain Municipal Water District  CA  North San Diego Water Reuse Coalition Regional Recycled Water Program: 2020 Project  $17,826,952 
Padre Dam Municipal Water District  CA  East County Advanced Water Purification Program Phase 2  $28,300,000 
City of Palo Alto  CA  City of Palo Alto Advanced Water Purification System  $12,867,875 
City of Pismo Beach  CA  Central Coast Blue  $14,124,000 
Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District  CA  Harvest Water Program  $24,115,808 
City of San Buenaventura  CA  Ventura Water Pure Program  $14,026,650 
Santa Margarita Water District  CA  San Juan Watershed Project  $7,928,615 
Sonoma County Water Agency  CA  North Bay Reuse Program: Phase 2 Program  $6,934,655 
Soquel Creek Water District  CA  Pure Water Soquel: Groundwater Replenishment and Seawater Intrusion Prevention Project  $20,925,000 
Water Replenishment District of Southern California  CA  Groundwater Reliability Improvement Program Recycled Water Project  $15,478,307 
County of Maui  HI  Lahaina Water Recycling Project #3: West Maui Recycled Water Expansion  $1,080,244 
City of Nampa  ID  City of Nampa Recycled Water Program  $3,000,000 
El Paso Water Utilities Public Service Board  TX  Advanced Water Purification Facility  $20,000,000 
Weber Basin Water Conservancy District  UT  Tertiary Treatment Facility in Central Weber  $14,300,000 
City of Cheney  WA  Cheney Purple Pipe Project  $5,445,750 

The Departments of the Interior and Agriculture co-lead the Drought Resilience Interagency Working Group and recently released their Drought Resilience 2022 Year One Summary Report.

More information, including details about other current opportunities to apply for funding available under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, is available on Reclamation’s WaterSMART program webpage.