Washington, D.C. — Deputy Secretary of the Interior Michael L. Connor announced more than $30 million in funding through the Bureau of Reclamation’s Title XVI program for seven projects that will provide clean water to California communities and promote water and energy efficiency.

“With California in its fifth year of drought, these investments will build resilience for local communities struggling with limited water supplies – an effort that is more important than ever as the dangers of drought escalate in the face of climate change,” Deputy Secretary Connor said. “Using the best available science and technology to improve the growing disparity between water supplies and demand, this funding will help local water managers stretch dwindling resources.”

The Bureau of Reclamation identifies and investigates opportunities to reclaim and reuse wastewaters and naturally impaired ground and surface water in western states and Hawaii. Title XVI funding is in place for the planning, design, and construction of water recycling and reuse projects, on a project-specific basis.

The selected projects are:

  • City of Corona Water Recycling and Reuse Project, Corona Comprehensive Reclaimed Water Conversion, Phase 1 — $4 million
  • San Diego Area Water Reclamation Program, Pure Water San Diego Program – $5 million
  • Eastern Municipal Water District Recycled Water System, Recycled Water System Pressurized and Expansion Project — $1,222,164
  • Lower Chino Dairy Area Desalination and Reclamation Project, Chino Desalter Phase 3 Expansion Project — $7.2 million
  • San Diego Area Water Reclamation Program, Padre Dam Water Recycling Facilities – Phase 1 Expansion — $4.5 million
  • Sonoma County Water Agency, North Bay Water Reuse Program — $4,706,150
  • San Diego Area Water Reclamation Program, Sweetwater Authority Water Reclamation Project — $3.7 million

To learn more about these projects, visit http://www.usbr.gov/watersmart/title.

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