The Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act provides new authority to Reclamation to develop a desalination construction program that will provide a path for ocean or brackish water desalination projects to receive Federal funding.

The feasibility studies for the following desalination projects meet the requirements contained in Reclamation Manual Directives and Standards WTR 11-01. These findings have been transmitted to Congress.

Report to Congress - Feasibility Study Review Findings Report

The Bureau of Reclamation has transmitted a WIIN Desalination Project Feasibility Study Findings Report to Congress.



For additional information on Desalination, please contact Maribeth Menendez at 303-445-2094 or send an email to

You may complete this form to receive WaterSMART program notification from the Bureau of Reclamation.


Current Status

The FY23 and FY24 Large-Scale Water Recycling Projects funding opportunity was posted September 7, 2023. There are three submission periods: first round of applications are due November 21, 2023; second round of applications are due March 29, 2024; final round of applications are due September 30, 2024.

The FY23 and FY24 Title XVI Congressionally Authorized Projects and Title XVI WIIN Act Projects funding opportunities were posted September 28. There are two submission periods. Submission deadlines are December 7, 2023, and September 30, 2024.


Have a question regarding the funding opportunity or project eligibility questions? Request a meeting through our bookings site.


September 2023

News Releases

September 28, 2023
Biden-Harris Administration Makes $328 Million Available for Drought and Climate Resiliency Projects as Part of President’s Investing in America Agenda

September 27, 2023
Reclamation invests $28.97 million to assist with planning and feasibility study development for 31 water recycling and desalination projects

December 23, 2022
Reclamation released a funding opportunity for development of water reuse and desalination projects

Last Updated: 10/26/23