Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse

 

Title XVI of Public Law 102-575, as amended (Title XVI), directs the Secretary of Interior, acting through the Commissioner, to undertake a program to identify and investigate opportunities to reclaim and reuse wastewaters and naturally impaired ground and surface water in the 17 Western States and Hawaii. Title XVI also provides authority for the Secretary to provide up to the lesser of 25 percent of, or the Federal appropriations ceiling (typically $20 million), for the cost of planning, design, and construction of specific water recycling projects, as well as up to 50 percent of the cost of Title XVI feasibility studies and 25 percent of the cost of Title XVI water reclamation and reuse research studies.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
15.504
Federal Agency/Office
Bureau of Reclamation, Department of The Interior
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
A - Formula Grants; B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2017 Information not available. In FY 2017, six authorized projects received $20.9 million for planning design, and construction, $1.7 million was awarded for thirteen new Title XVI feasibility studies, and $847,701 was awarded for four water reclamation and reuse research projects. Three WIIN projects were also transmitted to Congress for a total of $10 million in Federal funding.
Fiscal Year 2019 For FY18 and FY19: Some of the Title XVI water reuse benefits include improving water-use efficiency, providing flexibility during water shortages, and diversifying the water supply. In areas where municipalities and industry (M&I) are looking to agriculture as a water source, Title XVI projects reduce the need to transfer agricultural water to M&I uses. Fifty-three projects are specifically authorized and fifty-six projects are currently eligible under the WIIN Act. Two demonstration projects have also been undertaken through the general authority. Since the program’s inception in 1992, more than $775 million in Federal cost-share has been leveraged to design and construct water recycling projects. In FY 2019, Reclamation selected five congressionally authorized Title XVI water reuse projects to receive $16.98 million in FY 2019 Federal funding. Reclamation also selected four Title XVI Water Reuse Research Projects to receive $1.6 million in FY 2019 funding. FY 2019 WIIN Act Title XVI project recommendations ($20 million) are currently under review and have not yet been transmitted to Congress. In FY 2018, six authorized projects received approximately $35.3 million from FY2018 appropriations and a small amount from previous year funding for planning, design, and construction. Six Title XVI WIIN projects were also transmitted to Congress for a total of $20 million in Federal funding.
Authorization
P.L. 102-575, Title XVI, Reclamation Wastewater and Groundwater Study and Facilities Act of 1992, October 30, 1992, as amended.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Eligible recipients of Title XVI funding are identified under the 1902 Act and include State, regional, or local authorities; Indian tribes or tribal organizations; or other entities such as a water conservation or conservancy district, wastewater district, rural water district, located in the western United States or United States Territories as identified in the Reclamation Act of June 17, 1902, as amended or Hawaii. To be eligible to receive funding for construction activities, a water reclamation and reuse project must be specifically authorized under Title XVI or eligible under the amendments in section 4009(c) of the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Water users, including municipal, industrial, and agricultural, that benefit from the additional drought resistant water source created.
Credentials/Documentation
To be eligible to receive funding for construction activities, a water reclamation and reuse project must be specifically authorized under Title XVI or eligible under the amendments in section 4009(c) of the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act. Funds for construction activities associated with an individual project will not be disbursed until all Title XVI pre-construction requirements have been met for that project. These include: (1) a finding that the feasibility study meets the requirements of Title XVI; (2) complete compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act and other environmental clearances; (3) an approved determination of financial capability; and (4) an executed grant or cooperative agreement for financial assistance.
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. To be eligible to receive funding for construction activities, a water reclamation and reuse project must be specifically authorized under Title XVI or eligible under the amendments in section 4009(c) of the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act. Funds for construction activities associated with an individual project will not be disbursed until all Title XVI pre-construction requirements have been met for that project. These include: (1) a finding that the feasibility study meets the requirements of Title XVI; (2) complete compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act and other environmental clearances; (3) an approved determination of financial capability; and (4) an executed grant or cooperative agreement for financial assistance between Reclamation and the project sponsor.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Funding opportunities will be posted on Grants.gov and will be subject to competitive funding process.
Award Procedure
Reclamation will work with the funded recipient to negotiate a grant or cooperative agreement.
Deadlines
Not applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Not applicable.
Appeals
NONE.
Renewals
Continuation of funding from one fiscal year to the next to complete a project is contingent on the final Federal appropriations.
How are proposals selected?
Reclamation will place priority on funding projects that reduce demands on existing water supplies or address specific water supply issues in a cost-effective manner, address environmental and water quality concerns, are economically justified, and meet other program goals.
How may assistance be used?
The Title XVI Program applies to reclamation, recycling, and reuse of municipal, industrial, domestic, and agricultural wastewater and to naturally impaired ground and surface waters. Through this program, Reclamation provides financial and technical assistance for feasibility studies, water reclamation and reuse research, and full-scale construction of facilities to deliver and/or treat wastewater or impaired ground or surface water for reuse applications. For purposes of the Title XVI Program, a water reuse project is a project (including the necessary facilities and features) that reclaims and reuses municipal, industrial, domestic, or agricultural wastewater or impaired groundwater and/or surface waters. Consistent with State law, reclaimed water can be used, for a variety of purposes including, but not limited to, environmental restoration, fish and wildlife, groundwater recharge, municipal, domestic, industrial, agricultural, power generation, or recreation. Funds can be used for water treatment features where the improvement of the water quality is necessary to allow for reuse.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Performance Reports: Unless otherwise stated in the agreement document, recipients shall submit the following reports on an annual basis: Program Performance Reports. Upon completion of the agreement, recipients shall submit a final Program Performance Report.
Auditing
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.
Records
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: Title XVI Public Law 102-575

Matching is mandatory. Reclamation can pay up to 50% for feasibility study costs and 25% for research studies. Federal funding for Title XVI construction projects is limited to 25% of the total project or a specified maximum amount, whichever is less. The maximum amount varies by project. Generally, projects authorized after 1996 have a ceiling of $20 million or less; the specific details are available in the authorizing legislation. If a project conducted under the Title XVI Program includes planning, design, and construction, the Reclamation Wastewater and Groundwater Study and Facilities Act of 1992 (the Act) requires the sponsor to provide at least 75 percent of all the costs incurred, including Reclamation’s administrative costs. In addition, the sponsor must pay all operation, maintenance and replacement (OM&R) costs of the project.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Feasibility studies which receive Reclamation funding must be completed in 18 to 36 months. See FOA for details. Research studies which receive Reclamation funding must be completed in 18 to 36 months. See FOA for details. For authorized Title XVI projects and WIIN projects, Reclamation will provide funding for planning, design, or construction that can be completed in a two year period. See FOA for details. Payment terms vary by agreement awarded under this program.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
For addresses, see Appendix IV of the Catalog. http://www.usbr.gov/main/regions.html
Headquarters Office
Amanda Erath
Technical/Program Information: Bureau of Reclamation, Water Resources and Planning Office, Attn: Amanda Erath, Mail Code: 86-69200, Denver Federal Center, P.O. Box 25007
Denver, CO 80225 US
aerath@usbr.gov
Phone: (303) 445-2766
Fax: (303)445-6464
Website Address
http://www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART/title/index.html
Financial Information
Account Identification
14-0680-0-1-301
Obligations
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 18$54,406,000.00; FY 19 est $58,617,000.00; FY 20 est $30,000,000.00; FY 17$23,619,391.00; - (Payment terms vary by agreement awarded under this program )
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range: $75,000 to $9,000,000 Average: $2,000,000
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. Inland Empire Utilities Agency, in association with the Chino Basin Desalter Authority, received $5,199,536 in Federal funding to expand the capacity of the existing Chino II Desalter plant. The water produced by this project will replace water that would otherwise be imported from the Colorado River and/or Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay-Delta. The Santa Clara Valley Water District received $1,680,593 in Federal funding to expand the recycled water distribution system in the southern portion of Santa Clara County. The South Santa Clara County Recycled Water Project in Gilroy, California will increase the availability of recycled water by providing recycled water to a broader market of commercial, industrial, irrigation, and agricultural users and will reduce reliance on imported water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay-Delta.
Fiscal Year 2018 Inland Empire Utilities Agency, in association with the Chino Basin Desalter Authority, received $5,199,536 in Federal funding to expand the capacity of the existing Chino II Desalter plant. The water produced by this project will replace water that would otherwise be imported from the Colorado River and/or Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay-Delta. The Santa Clara Valley Water District received $1,680,593 in Federal funding to expand the recycled water distribution system in the southern portion of Santa Clara County. The South Santa Clara County Recycled Water Project in Gilroy, California will increase the availability of recycled water by providing recycled water to a broader market of commercial, industrial, irrigation, and agricultural users and will reduce reliance on imported water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay-Delta.
Fiscal Year 2019 Inland Empire Utilities Agency, in association with the Chino Basin Desalter Authority, received $5,199,536 in Federal funding to expand the capacity of the existing Chino II Desalter plant. The water produced by this project will replace water that would otherwise be imported from the Colorado River and/or Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay-Delta. The Santa Clara Valley Water District received $1,680,593 in Federal funding to expand the recycled water distribution system in the southern portion of Santa Clara County. The South Santa Clara County Recycled Water Project in Gilroy, California will increase the availability of recycled water by providing recycled water to a broader market of commercial, industrial, irrigation, and agricultural users and will reduce reliance on imported water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay-Delta.

 



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