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WaterSMART: Small-Scale Water Efficiency Projects Program

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    Funder Type

    Private Foundation

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    U.S. Department of the Interior


    The WaterSMART (Sustain and Manage Americas Resources for Tomorrow), the Bureau of Reclamation supports efforts to stretch scarce water supplies and avoid conflicts over water. This initiative advances the U.S. Department of the Interiors priorities, including creating a legacy of conservation stewardship, sustainably developing our energy and natural resources, modernizing our infrastructure through public-private partnerships, striking a regulatory balance, and restoring trust with local communities by improving relationships and communication with states, tribes, local governments, communities, landowners and water users.

    Funding is available to undertake small-scale water efficiency projects that have been prioritized through planning efforts led by the applicant. These projects work to:

    • Conserve and use water more efficiently;
    • Mitigate conflict risk in areas at a high risk of future water conflict; and
    • Accomplish other benefits that contribute to water supply reliability in the western United States.

    In FY2020, example projects include, but are not limited to:

    • Canal Lining/Piping.
    • Municipal Metering.
    • Irrigation Flow Measurement.
    • Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) and Automation.
    • Irrigation Measures. 

    NOTE: These projects are generally in the final design stage, environmental and cultural resources compliance has been initiated or already completed, and the nonFederal funding, necessary permits, and other required approvals have been secured. 


    History of Funding

    Previously awarded projects may be viewed at:

    Additional Information

    Cost share may be made through cash, costs contributed by the applicant, or third-party in-kind contributions. Third-party in-kind contributions is the value of non-cash contributions of property or services that benefit the federally assisted project and are contributed by non-Federal third parties, without charge. Cost share funding from sources outside the applicants organization (e.g., loans or state grants) should be secured and available to the applicant prior to award. 


    Robin Graber

    Robin Graber
    Water Resources and Planning Division
    1849 C Street, N.W.
    Washington, DC 20240

  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible applicants are states, Indian tribes, irrigation districts, water districts, and other organizations with water or power delivery authority. 

    NOTE: Applicants must be located in one of the following states/territories: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the Virgin Islands. 

    Deadline Details

    Applications are to be submitted by March 4, 2020. A similar deadline is anticipated annually.

    Award Details

    Up to $10,000,000 was available in FY2020. Individual awards may be up to $75,000 each. Cost sharing/matching of 50% (dollar-for-dollar) is required. Total construction costs of each project (grant + local match) should not exceed $200,000.

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