Secretary of the Interior Affirms More Than $23 Million to go to Water Reclaim and Reuse Efforts 

Secretary Zinke recently announced that more than $23 million will be dispersed to seven states, designated for water reclamation efforts, water reuse projects and initiatives, and studies that aim at analyzing the efficacy of water recycling efforts, further propelling the clean water movement. 

The funding will allow for the recycling and reuse of reclaimed ground and surface water sources, making it possible for the acquisition of tools necessary for dispersing water throughout communities facing water scarcity issues.   As these essential tools are only a piece of the solution to the water scarcity puzzle, a portion of funding will go towards helping communities in need develop systems capable of storing larger capacities of reclaimed and recycled water for reuse. 

Approved by Congress, the reclamation project will allocate funding for all facets of the project, from planning, to design, and necessary construction assignments. Six specific projects will receive the majority of the funding according to need in various amounts. The projects include the City of Pasadena Water and Power Department’s, Pasadena Non-Potable Water Project, the City of San Diego’s, San Diego Area Water Reclamation Program, the Hi-Desert Water District’s, Hi-Desert District Wastewater Reclamation Project, the Inland Empire Utilities Agency’s, Lower Chino Dairy Area Desalination and Reclamation Project, the Padre Dam Municipal Water District’s, San Diego Area Water Reclamation Program, and the Santa Clara Valley Water District’s, South Santa Clara County Recycled Water Project. 

Thirteen other city-level studies in California, Utah, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Washington, and Nevada will receive a portion of the remaining funding. $1.7 million will be awarded to each study in varying amounts according to necessity to fund their efforts. 

Of the final almost $850,000 that remains, four research projects will be financed. Research initiatives include, the Demonstrating Innovative Control of Biological Fouling of Microfiltration/Ultrafiltration and Reverse Osmosis Membranes and Enhanced Chemical and Energy Efficiency in Potable Water, the Site-Specific Analytical testing of RO Brine Impacts to the Treatment Process, Pilot Test Project for Produced Water near Hardtner, Kansas, and the Pure Water Project Las Virgenes-Truinfo. 

While the funding awarded to each of the aforementioned studies, projects, and research initiatives seems substantial, the truth is that in order to resolve the water scarcity crisis, much more time, and money, will be necessary as water reclamation, recycle, and reuse is something that is only more recently become accepted as a suitable solution. With the many benefits that accompany reclamation processes, it’s clear that the investment is a just priority. 

Providing clean water to communities nationwide is the goal at the forefront of the initiative. With funding approved and provided by Congress, it is a step in the right direction in terms of establishing a sustainable clean water supply for all communities, in the hopes that one day we are able to assist other nations in implementing the same vital resource management. 

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