California Announces $1.5 million in Water Use Efficiency Grants
The Bureau of Reclamation announces the selection of two California projects to receive $1.5 million total in CALFED Water Use Efficiency grants for fiscal year 2017.
Combined with local cost-share contributions, these projects are expected to implement about $6.9 million in water management improvements during the next 24 months.
The projects will conserve an estimated 733 acre-feet per year of water, contributing to the CALFED Bay-Delta Program objectives of improving ecosystem health, water supply reliability and water quality. California and federal agencies are partners in the 30-year program (2000-2030).
Reclamation made the selection through a competitive process, giving priority consideration to projects that address CALFED goals on a statewide basis. Here’s a closer look at the two selected applicants and projects:
Santa Margarita Water District, $750,000 The district will expand the existing 3A Water Reclamation Plant to provide up to 3,000 acre-feet per year of recycled water and energy savings. The project includes construction for expanding the existing facility. Annual water savings will be 390 acre-feet per year; lifetime water savings will be 19,500 acre-feet. Total project cost is $5,080,000 with a federal cost-share of $750,000.
Semitropic Water Storage District, $750,000 The district will install a 1.5-mile long, 30 cubic feet per second, 36-inch diameter, bi-directional, intertie pipeline. The intertie pipeline will allow for the efficient conveyance of surface water supplies to spreading ground facilities located in Semitropic and the adjacent Shafter-Wasco Irrigation District. Annual water savings will be 343 acre-feet per year; lifetime water savings will be 17,000 acre-feet. Total project cost is $1,850,000 with a federal cost-share of $750,000.