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Title XVI


Provide $60 million in funding for Fiscal Year 2019.


Title XVI of the Reclamation Projects Authorization and Adjustment Act of 1992 (P.L. 102-575), commonly referred to as Title XVI, is the only federal program that provides funding specifically for water reuse projects in 17 western states and Hawaii. Participants can use the funds for planning, design and construction of water reuse projects in partnership with local government entities.

Since the program was enacted, approximately $639 in million federal funding has been leveraged with more than $2.4 billion in non-federal funding to design and construct water recycling projects, adding hundreds of thousands of acre-feet to the nation’s water supply.

In 2016, the Water Infrastructure Improvement for the Nation (WIIN) Act modernized Title XVI into a competitive grant program with congressional oversight. The new model will ensure the best projects receive funding.

The program is administered by the Bureau of Reclamation within the U.S. Department of Interior.

Funding History

Budget Year Funding in Millions
2013 $20
2014 $21.5
2015 $21.5
2016 $23
2017 $34.4
2018 $54.5
Recommendation for 2019 $60


  • Communities can leverage federal funding to finance needed water infrastructure.

FY 2018 Funding Recommendation

Authorized Projects


To learn more about how the WateReuse Association’s advocacy efforts, visit Advocacy in Action.

Advocacy in Action

  • Letter of support to Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-CA) for draft legislation that would increase authorization of Title XVI to $500 million
  • Letter for the record for the House Natural Resources Committee’s November 30 hearing on H.R. 4419. The bill proposes a deauthorization process for Bureau of Reclamation water projects to fund four newly authorized water storage projects. WRA is concerned that the outlined process will result in Title XVI projects being deauthorized to pay for non-Title XVI water projects. The letter highlights these concerns and WRA will continue to have discussions with committee staff on this issue. (December 8, 2017)
  • Buy America Unintended Consequences: Letter to Department of Interior and U.S. Environmental Agency supporting flexibility in application  of provisions in the Presidential Executive Order on Buy American and Hire American (May 15, 2017)
  • Letter to Congress in support of the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act, or WIIN (S.612). The package includes the revitalization of the Title XVI program. (December 6, 2016)
  • Appropriations Letter to Congress in support of robust funding for the Bureau of Reclamation’s Title XVI program and other initiatives. (October 27, 2016)


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