A total of $84.7 million dollars was awarded last month to 36 communities as a part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. These funds will help to bring clean drinking water in drought-riddled areas in the western United States.
Projects awarded include plans for groundwater storage, aquifer recharge, ion exchange treatment, rainwater harvesting, water reuse, and more. “Drought resilience is more important now than ever as the West is experiencing more severe and longer droughts,” says Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Camille Calimlim Touton.
This funding announcement is part of the $1 billion as provided by the WaterSMART program, supporting states, tribes, and local entities to plan for extended drought, modernize aging infrastructure, and minimize the potential for future water conflicts.
To read more and learn which projects were selected in this funding announcement, go to www.usbr.gov/drought
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