WaterSMART Grant Funding Available for Water Conservation and Energy Efficiency Projects

Jennifer Wasinger

The Bureau of Reclamation is requesting applications for its WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grant for Fiscal Year 2016. Projects submitted for funding should seek to conserve and use water more efficiently, increase the use of renewable energy and improve energy efficiency, complement ongoing efforts to address water supply sustainability, or carry out other activities to address climate-related impacts on water.

The estimated total program funding available is $21 million. Applicants can receive up to $1 million for their projects and must provide matching funds. The application deadline is January 20, 2016.

Our Freese and Nichols Funding Team can guide you through the process and assist you in submitting your application. Contact Jennifer Wasinger to discuss this funding opportunity. View more information about this grant

The following list includes examples of projects that have historically received WaterSMART grants. View a full list of projects that received funding in previous years

  • City of Topeka, Kansas, Advanced Water Metering Project (2014)
    Reclamation Funding: $300,000 | Total Project Cost: $751,307
  • El Paso Water Utilities Public Service Board, El Paso, Texas, Potable Water and Energy Conservation from Secondary Membrane Treatment of Reverse Osmosis Concentrate at Existing Wellhead Reverse Osmosis Units (2014)
    Reclamation Funding: $300,000 | Total Project Cost: $1,655,000
  • Navajo Agricultural Product Industry, New Mexico, Create and Implement a Comprehensive Water Management Web-Based Tool for Ordering and Delivering Irrigation Water (2015)
    Reclamation Funding: $157,000 | Total Project Cost: $315,600
  • Cameron County Irrigation District No. 6, Texas, Conversion of the Saldana Canal into Pipeline, Elimination of the Saldana Pump by Construction of Aerial Crossing and Solar Powered Second Lift Pump (2015)
    Reclamation Funding: $300,000 | Total Project Cost: $769,231
  • Santa Cruz Irrigation District No. 15, Shotcrete Lining of the N-Canal, Installation of a VFD at Pump-15, and Wind Powered Alternative at Pump 15 (2015)
    Reclamation Funding: $300,000 | Total Project Cost: $1,250,000
  • City of Quincy, Washington, Water Reclamation and Pipeline Project (2015)
    Reclamation Funding: $1,000,000 | Total Project Cost: $14,500,000