Water SMART (Sustaining and Manage America's Resources for Tomorrow)


To make funding available for eligible applicants to leverage their money and resources by cost sharing with Reclamation on three different types of projects: ? projects that save water; mitigate conflict risk in areas at a high risk of water conflict; and accomplish other benefits to increase the reliability of existing supplies. ? development of water marketing strategies that will help prevent water conflicts and will contribute to water supply reliability; and ? small-scale water efficiency projects to that have been identified through previous planning efforts 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.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Bureau of Reclamation, Department of The Interior
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2017 Information not available. In FY 2017, $27.5million in Federal funding was used to fund 121 WaterSMART Grant projects. These projects total over $115.7million in improvements (i.e., Federal and non-Federal cost-share).
Fiscal Year 2019 In FY 2018, $34 million in Federal Funding was used to fund 120 WaterSMART Grant projects. These projects total over $178.7 million in improvements (i.e., Federal and non-federal cost-share). In FY 2019, $34 million in Federal Funding was used to fund 118 WaterSMART Grant projects. These projects total over $143.1 million in improvements (i.e., Federal and non-federal cost-share.
Section 9504(a), Omnibus Public Lands Management Act of 2009, (Public Law 111-11), as amended.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
In accordance with P.L. 111-11, Section 9502, eligible applicants include any: university, nonprofit research institution, or other organization with water or power delivery authority. Applicants must also be located in the western U.S. or Territories as identified in the Reclamation Act of June 17, 1902, as amended and supplemented; specifically, 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.
Beneficiary Eligibility
The general public, agricultural, municipal and industrial water users; irrigation or water districts; and state governmental entities with water or power delivery authority, located in the states identified in the Act of June 17, 1902.
(1) A detailed written technical proposal including background data regarding the applicant, such as location, total project diversions, and relevant water use efficiency measurements, a detailed scope of work separating the work into major tasks, including any engineering or design work already completed, and describing data responsive to the evaluation criteria listed in the announcement. (2) When applicable, a funding plan showing how the applicant will pay for its 50 percent cost share requirement, and an official resolution adopted by the irrigation or water district's governing board of directors, resolving that, if selected, it will negotiate and execute a grant or cooperative agreement with Reclamation. (3) A detailed project cost proposal, including a budget with the annual estimated project costs, including salaries and wages, fringe benefits, travel, equipment, supplies, contracts, and indirect costs, an estimate of annual operation and maintenance costs, and the value of in-kind contributions of goods and services.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. An environmental impact statement is required for this listing. An environmental impact assessment is required for this listing. Environmental compliance for this program may be required depending on the scope of the specific project funded. This may result in the need for an environmental impact assessment or environmental impact statement prior to the commencement of project activities.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Funding opportunity announcements are posted annually on www.grants.gov. Submission of a complete technical proposal and projects budget is mandatory by the due date identified in the announcement. In addition, applicants must submit all applicable SF-424 forms refrenced in the Announcement.
Award Procedure
Proposals received in response to the announcement are reviewed on the basis of a competitive, merit-based review process, and are rated in accordance with the evaluation criteria stated in the announcement. Reclamation will make awards to the highest rated proposals based on the amount of funding available each year. For non-WaterSMART awards made under this CFDA using this statutory authority, the awards may be made competitively or non-competitively.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
The review, scoring and announcement of the recipients typically take three to five months.
Not applicable.
Most awarded projects are fully funded at the time of award. Some Water and Energy Efficiency Grant projects (i.e. phased project) may be funded each year for up to three years.
How are proposals selected?
Criteria vary by funding category. See https://www.usbr.gov/watersmart/grants.html for details.
How may assistance be used?
WaterSMART Grants provide cost-shared financial assistance on a competitive basis to carry out water management improvements, small-scale water efficiency improvements, development of water marketing strategies, and other water management improvements. Reclamation may also provide financial assistance for these types of water conservation projects under this CFDA using this statutory authority, either competitively or non-competitively, for other non-WaterSMART projects when another Reclamation CFDA is not available. In addition, Section 9504 of Public Law 111-11 requires the following: (1) The Recipient shall not use any associated water savings to increase the total irrigated acreage of the Recipient or otherwise increase the consumptive use of water in the operation of the Recipient, as determined pursuant to the law of the State in which the operation of Recipient is located. (2) If the activities funded under this Agreement result in an infrastructure improvement that is integral to the existing operations of a federally owned facility, the Federal Government shall continue to hold title to the facility and improvements to the facility. (3) The non-Federal share of the cost of operating and maintaining any infrastructure improvement funded through this Agreement shall be 100 percent. (4) Except as provided under chapter 171 of title 28, United States Code (commonly known as the ‘‘Federal Tort Claims Act’’), the United States shall not be liable for monetary damages of any kind for any injury arising out of an act, omission, or occurrence that arises in relation to any facility created or improved under this Agreement, the title of which is not held by the United States.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Unless otherwise stated in the agreement document, recipients shall submit Program Performance Reports, on a semi-annual basis. Upon completion of the agreement, recipients shall submit a final Program Performance Report.
Nonfederal entities that expend $750,000 or more a year in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.
All recipients of Federal awards shall maintain project records in accordance with 2 CFR 200.333 Retention requirements for records. Financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other non-Federal entity records pertinent to a Federal award must be retained for a period of three years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report or, for Federal awards that are renewed quarterly or annually, from the date of the submission of the quarterly or annual financial report, respectively, as reported to the Federal awarding agency or pass-through entity in the case of a subrecipient. Federal awarding agencies and pass-through entities must not impose any other record retention requirements upon non-Federal entities, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.333.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is mandatory. The Federal share of the cost of a project or activity carried out under the Program shall not exceed 50 percent of the total cost of the project or activity. Costs of operation, maintenance, repair and rehabilitation of facilities funded under the authority for this Program shall be nonfederal responsibilities.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
In general, projects should be completed within 2 years of award. Applicants for Water and Energy Efficiency Grants must select one of two funding groups and must therefore propose either a project that can be completed within 2 years of award or a phased project that can be completed within 3 years of award with Federal funding to be provided separately for each phase. Applications for projects requiring more time will be considered for funding only under limited circumstances. Payment terms vary by agreement awarded under this program.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
Josh German
Bureau of Reclamation, Water Resources and Planning Office, Attn: Josh German, Mail Code: 86-69200, Denver Federal Center, P.O. Box 25007
Denver, CO 80225 US
Phone: (303) 445-2839
Fax: (702) 544-4207
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 18$23,365,000.00; FY 19 est $10,000,000.00; FY 20 Estimate Not Available FY 17$27,500,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range: $50,000-$1,500,000 Average: $300,000
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
2 CFR 200 UNIFORM ADMINISTRATIVE REQUIREMENTS, COST PRINCIPLES, AND AUDIT REQUIREMENTS FOR FEDERAL AWARDS and the applicable OMB Circulars. These documents may also be obtained by contacting the Bureau of Reclamation Office listed below.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2017 Information not available. The Buena Vista Water Storage District, near Bakersfield, California, will convert 9 miles of unlined canals and ditches to 8.4 miles of polyvinyl chloride and high-density polyethylene pipelines. These improvements are expected to result in annual water savings of 4,802 acre-feet that is currently being lost to seepage and over-deliveries. The conserved water will be used to offset groundwater pumping. The City of Alpine, located south of Salt Lake City, Utah, will install 2,420 meters on currently unmetered connections throughout the City’s pressurized irrigation system. In addition to meters, the City will install Advanced Metering Infrastructure to allow for real-time flow monitoring, automatic meter reading, and usage-based billing. Once completed, the project is expected to result in annual water savings of 1,040 acre-feet, reducing the City’s reliance on pumping water from the North Utah County Aquifer. Examples of all projects funded to date are available at https://www.usbr.gov/watersmart/grants.html
Fiscal Year 2019 The North Kern Water Storage District in Bakersfield, California, will line 2,200 feet of the unlined Calloway Canal with a reinforced concrete liner. The area near the canal has been negatively impacted by an over-reliance on groundwater and a multi-year drought. The canal lining is expected to result in annual water savings of 758 acre-feet, which is currently seeping into the groundwater basin that has poor water quality. In addition, the project includes the installation of magnetic flowmeters and water level sensors at 50 of the District’s production wells, along with telemetry upgrades, and integration of these improvements with the existing Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition system. These additional improvements will allow the District to better control well operations and access real-time groundwater pumping data remotely, resulting in an expected annual water savings of 818 acre-feet from reduced pumping. Overall, the project is expected to result in 1,576 acre-feet of water savings, which will be used to reduce groundwater pumping. The Long Beach Water Department will replace 11,397 manually read meters with advanced metering infrastructure (AMI). The project is expected to result in annual water savings of 1,367 acre-feet currently lost to leaks and over consumption. Water conserved through the project will supplement the City’s finite water supply from the Central Groundwater Basin and will offset the need to purchase additional water from other sources. Examples of all projects funded to date are available at https://www.usbr.gov/watersmart/grants.html


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