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President’s FY 2021 Budget Request Slashes Water Reuse Funding

Date: February 10, 2020

On February 10, 2020, the President released his FY 2021 budget request, in which he outlines the Administration’s funding priorities and specific funding requests for the year. Congressional appropriators will look at the budget request alongside requests from stakeholders and Members of Congress when developing appropriations legislation for FY 2021.

Unfortunately, the Administration is once again asking Congress to make deep cuts to critical water recycling investments, including the Bureau of Reclamation’s Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Program, the Desalination and Water Purification Program, the Clean and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Programs, and the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act Program. These proposed cuts are extremely shortsighted and would severely undermine efforts to renew America’s infrastructure and build community resilience through greater water recycling.

Fortunately, this is only the first step in the FY 2021 funding process. The WateReuse Association looks forward to working with Congress to ensure robust investments in these critical programs in this year’s appropriations legislation. For a more detailed accounting of the Presidents FY 2021 budget request, see below.

FY18 EnactedFY19 EnactedFY19 Supplemental Disaster FundingFY20 EnactedTrump FY21 Budget Request
CWSRF$1,693,887,000$1,694,000,000$53,300,000$1,638,826,000$1,119,778,000
DWSRF$1,163,233,000$1,164,000,000$296,100,000$1,126,088,000$863,235,000
WIFIA$63,000,000$68,000,000$0$60,000,000$25,000,000
Sec. 2005 of AWIA – Drinking Water Infrastructure Resilience and Sustainability ProgramN/AN/A$0$3,000,000$2,000,000
Sec. 2007 of AWIA – Innovative Water Technology Grant ProgramN/AN/A$0$1,000,000$0
Sec. 2013 of AWIA – Community Water System Risk and Resilience ProgramN/AN/A$0$0$0
Sewer overflow and stormwater reuse municipal grants$0$0$0$28,000,000$61,450,000
National Priorities Research Program$4,100,000$5,000,000$0$6,000,000$0
Title XVI total$54,406,000$58,617,000$0$63,616,000$3,000,000
Title XVI-WIIN$20,000,000$20,000,000$0$20,000,000$3,000,000
Desalination and Water Purification Program$17,803,000$19,803,000$0$20,000,000$2,900,000
Aquifer Storage and RecoveryN/AN/A$0$10,000,000$0
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