Funding for reuse offered by Bureau of Reclamation

The US government's Bureau of Reclamation has announced a funding opportunity for feasibility studies of water reclamation and reuse for non-federal government entities, indian tribes, water districts, wastewater districts or rural water districts in the 17 western US states and Hawaii.

Funding under the Title XVI Water Reclamation & Reuse Program is available for two funding groups:

· Up to US$ 150,000 for feasibility studies that can be completed within 18 months
· Up to US$ 450,000 for feasibility studies that can be completed within 36 months.

Applicants must provide at least 50% non-federal cost-shared funding for the feasibility study. A total of about US$ 1.5 million is expected to be available this year.

This announcement is available at www.grants.gov by searching for funding opportunity number R14AS00030. Proposals must be submitted by 6 May 2014. Awards are anticipated this summer.

The program focuses on identifying and investigating opportunities to reclaim and reuse wastewater and naturally impaired ground and surface water. It has the potential to provide communities with a new source of clean water while promoting water and energy efficiency and environmental stewardship.

Since its establishment in 2010, WaterSMART has provided more than US$ 161 million in competitively awarded funding.

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