Bureau of Reclamation Awards $568,662 for WaterSMART Small-Scale Water Efficiency Projects

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The funding will be leveraged with local and state funding to support water efficiency projects in five states

Small-Scale Water Efficiency Projects are part of the WaterSMART Program. It aims to improve water conservation and sustainability, helping water resource managers make sound decisions about water use.

The Bureau of Reclamation announced that 11 projects were selected to receive $568,662 for Small-Scale Water Efficiency Projects, part of the WaterSMART grant program. The projects selected seek to conserve, better manage or make more efficient use of water supplies and are leveraging with local and state funding to support $1.15 million in efficiency improvements.

This is the first award this year under the Small-Scale Water Efficiency Projects Funding Opportunity Announcement. The funding opportunity is still open and applications will be accepted through May 15, 2017. Reclamation has developed a streamlined selection and review process to reflect the small-scale nature of these projects. To learn more please visit https://www.usbr.gov/watersmart/weeg/ssweg.html.

The projects selected are:

Unit B Irrigation and Drainage District (AZ), B16 East Pipeline Conservation Project, $71,477
Yuma Irrigation District (AZ), Magmeter Implementation Program, $6,149
West Basin Municipal Water District (CA), Greywater and Rainwater Advancement Program, $70,000
San Bernardino County (CA), Water Meter Replacement Project, $74,986
Palmdale Water District (CA), Landscape Water Use Efficiency Project, $75,000
Pixley Irrigation District (CA), Avenue 116 SCADA System, $37,780
City of Hailey (ID), Water Smarty: A Grass Replacement Rebate Program, $75,000
New Sweden Irrigation District (ID), SCADA and Automation to East Branch of Martin Canal, $6,518
Riverdale Canal Company (ID), Riverdale Canal Bypass Pipeline, $71,752
Westland Irrigation District (OR), Canal Flow Level Sensor & Water Management Automation Project, $5,000
Greater Wenatchee Irrigation District (WA), Meter Replacement, $75,000

Small-Scale Water Efficiency Projects are part of the WaterSMART Program. It aims to improve water conservation and sustainability, helping water resource managers make sound decisions about water use. The WaterSMART Program identifies strategies to ensure this generation and future ones will have sufficient amounts of clean water for drinking, economic activities, recreation and ecosystem health. To learn more, please visit http://www.usbr.gov/watersmart.

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