Large-Scale Water Recycling Program

Section 40905 of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), P.L. 117-58 provides authority for Reclamation’s Large-Scale Water Recycling Program. The program will provide $450 million over the next five years to projects in Reclamation states that have a total project cost greater than or equal to $500,000,000, at 25% Federal cost share, with no per-project maximum. Large-scale recycled water projects will play an important role in helping communities develop local, drought-resistant sources of water supply by turning currently unusable water sources into a new source of water supply that is less vulnerable to drought and climate change.

Projects will become eligible to compete for funding under the Large-Scale Water Recycling Program once Reclamation has reviewed a feasibility study submitted by the non-Federal project sponsor and has informed Congress that the project meets Reclamation’s requirements. Temporary guidelines for the preparation of feasibility studies are established by WTR TRMR-128, Large-Scale Water Recycling Program Feasibility Study Review Process

WTR-TRMR-128 communicates to project sponsors the additional information they must provide to Reclamation, beyond existing Title XVI Program requirements. The additional requirements are being made available as a TRMR so that potential project sponsors can begin working on feasibility studies. Over the next year, this TRMR will be incorporated as permanent revisions to the existing Reclamation Manual Directive and Standards "Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Program and Desalination Construction Program Feasibility Study Review Process" (WTR 11-01). There will be an opportunity for public comment during the permanent revision process.       

If you have questions regarding applicant and project eligibility, or program requirements, click here and select Large-Scale Water Recycling Program Inquiries to schedule a time to talk with the program coordinators.

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

Announcements


  • Biden-Harris Administration Launches New Large-Scale Water Recycling Program with $180 Million from Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

    System used in water recycling process.The Department of the Interior today announced the launch of a new large-scale water recycling program and made $180 million in initial funding from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law available for projects aimed at creating new water supplies that are less vulnerable to drought and climate change. To date, the Bureau of Reclamation has invested $310 million from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for projects that advance water recycling and reuse. The new program will incentivize projects at a larger scale, with no cap on project size, and will play an important role in helping communities develop local, drought-resistant water supplies by turning unusable water sources into clean, reliable ones.   Read More →

  • Reclamation released a funding opportunity for development of water reuse and desalination projects

    The Bureau of Reclamation released a grant funding opportunity for planning and pre-construction activities for potential new Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse projects, Desalination Construction projects, and Large-Scale Water Recycling projects. The notice of funding opportunity is available on grants.gov by searching for opportunity number R23AS00076.

    Reclamation hosted a webinar on January 11, 2023 to discuss eligible applicants, project activities, and the evaluation criteria for Water Recycling and Desalination Planning funding opportunity. We also discussed program requirements and how projects can become eligible to compete under future funding opportunities for the planning, design, and construction of projects under the Title XVI Program, the Desalination Construction Program, and the Large-Scale Water Recycling Program.

    If you have questions regarding applicant and project eligibility, program requirements, or the evaluation criteria, click here to schedule time to talk with the program coordinators.

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  • Feasibilty Study Guidance Posted

    Temporary guidelines for the preparation of feasibility studies are established by WTR TRMR-128, Large-Scale Water Recycling Program Feasibility Study Review Process. It is available at: WTR TRMR-128 Temporary Release

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.

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Calendar

September 2023


News Releases

September 7, 2023
Biden-Harris Administration Launches New Large-Scale Water Recycling Program with $180 Million from Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

Last Updated: 9/27/23