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Infrastructure Act Implementation, January 7: WateReuse Meets with Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner, Joins Water Sector Association Letter to EPA and OMB

Date: January 07, 2022

As the Biden Administration shifts toward implementing the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), WateReuse Association is meeting with the federal agencies to share information and help guide decision making. Last week, WateReuse met with Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) Commissioner Camille Touton and senior staff to discuss the roll out of federal funds for the Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Grants Program and the new Large-Scale Water Recycling Projects Grant Program. BOR remains committed to releasing funds and standing up the new program swiftly, recognizing their essential role in managing water supply in western states. Commissioner Touton forecasted the release of a spending plan in the coming weeks with additional implementation details. Ahead of the meeting, WateReuse shared a letter detailing recommendations.

In addition to meeting with the BOR, WateReuse and water sector partners submitted a letter to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and EPA outlining the impacts that new Build America, Buy America requirements will likely have on the sector. The letter urges OMB and EPA to ensure that federal guidance and implementation decisions regarding the new requirements reflect the unique circumstances that guide water, wastewater, and water recycling infrastructure projects. The letter encourages the Administration to provide flexibility to avoid project delays, cost increases, or hinderances to a utility’s ability to consider advance treatment technologies. WateReuse Association submitted the letter in partnership with the American Water Works Association, Association of California Water Agencies, Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies, California Association of Sanitation Agencies, National Association of Clean Water Agencies, National Water Resources Association, and Water Environment Federation.


WateReuse is partnering with the Bureau of Reclamation and EPA in January to host webcasts outlining water recycling programs and resources included in the infrastructure bill. The IIJA provides $1 billion for water recycling projects and tens of billions overall for water infrastructure. For more details on what’s in the package, including program eligibility criteria, cost share rates, and other program components, join our upcoming webcasts or check out WateReuse’s Water Recycling Practitioner’s Guide to the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

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