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President Signs FY 2022 Funding Legislation, Including Water Recycling

Date: March 18, 2022

On March 15, President Joe Biden signed the $1.5 trillion omnibus appropriations bill funding the federal government through the rest of fiscal year 2022. The funding provided in the appropriations package is on top of and in addition to funding provided in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021 (IIJA). The appropriations package includes relatively small increases and decreases for water programs across the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Bureau of Reclamation.

While overall funding levels for the Clean and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Programs are equal to that of FY 2021, hundreds of millions of dollars from within the two programs are reserved for congressionally directed spending projects, also known as earmarks. Programs that see a slight funding increase in FY 2022 include the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) Program, Drinking Water Infrastructure Resilience and Sustainability Grant Program, Innovative Water Technology Grant Program, Sewer Overflow and Stormwater Reuse Municipal Grants, and National Priorities Research Program.  The omnibus also provides $32 million for enhanced aquifer storage, recharge, recovery, and use; $18 million of which will go to the Bureau of Reclamation and $4 million of which will fund EPA research.

Where the funding package provides small increases for some programs, it includes small reductions to others, including the Title XVI-WIIN Water Reclamation and Reuse Grants Program and the Desalination and Water Purification Program. As a reminder, however, all discretionary funding for FY 2022 comes on top of the funding provided by the IIJA. To see the full discretionary appropriations breakdown, check out the WateReuse Appropriations Tracker.

In the coming days, the Biden Administration will release its FY 2023 budget request. This will kick off the FY 2023 appropriations cycle. This month, WateReuse will be launching a campaign to secure first-time funding for the Alternative Water Source Grants Pilot Program, which is authorized in the IIJA and will become the first nationwide water recycling program once funded.

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