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Infrastructure Act Implementation – January 21

Date: January 21, 2022

New Water Reuse Funding Opportunities Announced, EPA Launches New Information Page

As Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) funding begins to roll out, WateReuse Association continues to meet with federal agencies on implementation. This month, WateReuse met with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) staff to discuss the Agency’s timeline for releasing State Revolving Fund (SRF) guidance and funding. The Administration is exploring ways that the SRF programs can better support disadvantaged communities as well as climate resiliency efforts, areas where water reuse can offer significant benefits. Late last year, EPA released a detailed breakdown of how $7.4 billion will be divided across the states for the Clean Water and Drinking Water SRFs in fiscal year 2022. This is the start of $44 billion that will be provided through the SRFs over five years following passage of the IIJA. We encourage WateReuse members to reach out to state SRF administrators to find out more about how the SRFs can support your reuse projects.

You can also learn more by visiting EPA’s new bipartisan infrastructure law landing page, which includes fact-sheets and resources related to the investments.

Bureau of Reclamation Spend Plan Released

Last week, the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) submitted its spend plan for implementation of the IIJA in 2022 to Congress. The spend plan details how BOR plans to allocate the $1.66 billion investment in FY 2022 along with general implementation guidelines. The plan includes the following water reuse priorities breakdown:

  • $245 million (out of a 5-year total of $550 million) for WaterSMART Title XVI to support the planning, design, and construction of water recycling and reuse projects.
  • $210 million for construction of water storage, groundwater storage and conveyance project infrastructure.
  • $160 million for WaterSMART Grants to support Reclamation efforts to work cooperatively with states, tribes, and local entities to implement infrastructure investments to increase water supply.
  • $15 million (out of a 5-year total of $250 million) for the Desalination and Water Purification Program for construction efforts to address ocean or brackish water desalination.

The spend plan does not indicate when the Bureau will make funding available for the new large-scale water recycling projects grant program, which received $450 million in the IIJA. WateReuse will seek clarity on the implementation timeline, but we expect the Bureau to take time to set programmatic details before issuing the first notice of funding availability.  

For additional program details, WateReuse encourages our members to review the Water Recycling Practitioner’s Guide to the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

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