Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman announced that Reclamation is awarding $35.3 million for six authorized Title XVI water reclamation and reuse projects in California. The funding will be used to improve flexibility during water shortages and diversify the water supply.
"Title XVI projects provide opportunities for communities to recycle wastewater and treat water that was previously unusable," Commissioner Burman said. "It is a proven tool that enables communities to access dependable water supplies."
Title XVI Authorized Projects are authorized by Congress and are selected to receive funding for planning, design and/or construction activities through a competitive process. The six projects selected for funding are:
- City of Escondido, Membrane Filtration Reverse Osmosis Facility Project, $5,000,000
- City of San Diego, Pure Water San Diego Program, $9,000,000
- City of San Jose, South Bay Water Recycling Phase 1B Infrastructure Improvements, $2,545,471
- Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District, Horsethief Canyon Wastewater Reclamation Facility Expansion and Upgrade Project, $2,693,455
- Hi-Desert Water District, Wastewater Treatment and Reclamation Project, $8,668,500
- Padre Dam Municipal Water District, East County Advanced Water Purification Program. $7,392,351
Reclamation provides funding through the Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Program for projects that reclaim and reuse municipal, industrial, domestic or agricultural wastewater and impaired ground or surface waters. Reclaimed water can be used for a variety of purposes, such as environmental restoration, fish and wildlife, groundwater recharge, municipal, domestic, industrial, agricultural, power generation or recreation. Learn more at the site.
Title XVI is part of the Department of the Interior's WaterSMART Program. Through WaterSMART, Reclamation works cooperatively with States, Tribes, and local entities as they plan for and implement actions to increase water supply through investments to modernize existing infrastructure and attention to local water conflicts. Visit the site for additional information about the program.