$26.5 million directed towards water efficiency in western US


The US Bureau of Reclamation has announced a $26.5 million investment to improve water management.

The funding is being issued through the WaterSMART initiative to help some 54 projects to implement water infrastructure upgrades and water efficiency initiatives.

The projects will accomplish up to $167 million in improvements, according to Branda Burman, commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation.

“Improving water efficiency is an important part of ensuring communities have a reliable water supply in the future.

“The projects we’ve selected today will help communities throughout the Western United States by providing them with tools they can use to better manage their water needs.”

Projects will include replacing ageing distribution pipes, as well as installing automated gates and advanced metering systems.

For instance, the City of Bakersfield will receive $743,300 to install monitoring devices with telemetry at 20 locations along the Kern River and a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition system to accurately and remotely measure Kern River diversions.

The $1.6 million project will result in annual water savings of 4,592 acre-feet that will be used to replenish the local groundwater and make more water available to users, helping to reduce the potential for water-related conflicts in the area.

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, added: “President Trump is dedicated to better water infrastructure for communities and farmers and adequate and safe water supplies are fundamental to the health, economy and security of the country.

“WaterSMART water and energy efficiency grants enable states, tribes, and local entities to work together to take action to increase available water supply through infrastructure investments.”

The complete list of projects is available here…