On Aug. 19, the United States Bureau of Reclamation announced over $310 million in funding for drought resilience that will support 25 projects and help bring water to more than 850,000 people per year. 

The announcement caps a two-day swing through Central and Southern California to highlight how investments from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will help address the worsening drought crisis and expand access to clean drinking water for families, farmers, and wildlife.

The selected projects will advance drought resilience and are expected to increase annual capacity by about 213,000 acre-feet of water by supporting the planning, design, and construction of water-reuse projects.

WSC is a proud partner on seven of the 25 awarded projects, which accounts for 25% of the total available funding. Congratulations to Central Coast Blue, as well as the Carpinteria Advanced Purification and the Replenish Big Bear projects that received funding. Your communities will benefit from your vision and hard work.

The individual amounts of awarded funding for these three projects were:

  • $8,267,112 for the Replenish Big Bear Project, Big Bear Area Regional Wastewater Agency: Replenish Big Bear supplements the Bear Valley’s essential water supplies with hundreds of millions of gallons of clean water each year.
  • $9,659,990 for the Carpinteria Advanced Purification Project, Carpinteria Valley Water District: The Carpinteria Advanced Purification Project will purify recycled water and replenish the local groundwater basin and create a locally-controlled, drought-resistant drinking water supply.
  • $14,124,000 for Central Coast Blue, City of Pismo Beach and the Northern Cities Management Area Technical Group: Central Coast Blue is a local water sustainability project that will create a new, high-quality, and reliable water supply for the Five Cities Area and Central Coast, even in times of water shortage or drought.

More information, including details about other current opportunities to apply for funding available through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, is available on the Bureau of Reclamation’s WaterSMART program webpage.