Interior Department invests in water recycling for the thirsty West
The Interior Department recently announced $180 million in new funding for large-scale water recycling programs. The money is available for local agencies looking to reuse wastewater, which officials say will make a big difference for western communities dealing with drought and other impacts from climate change.
“As we work to address the drought crisis, it’s critical we are advancing innovative, forward-looking solutions that help communities develop local, drought-resistant water supplies,” said Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Camille Calimlim Touton in a statement.
The bureau is part of the Interior Department and oversees water resource management for irrigation, hydroelectric power, household consumption, and other uses, mostly in the West.
The money is part of billions in spending for water infrastructure projects across the U.S. Other recent funding will go toward desalination, water storage and purification, and dam safety.
Millions more is expected to fund water recycling in the coming years, and the department will accept grant applications for this round of funding through 2024.
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