As part of the WaterSMART programme, 63 projects will be funded across 13 states

Columbia Basin Project

Image: US Bureau of Reclamation will fund 63 projects in 13 states under the programme. Photo: courtesy of The Bureau of Reclamation.

The US Bureau of Reclamation has agreed to provide $4.1m (£3.33m) in grants across 13 states under the WaterSMART programme to encourage water entities to improve use water more efficiently.

The states that will receive the funding will include Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Washington were selected to receive grants.

Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman said: “This WaterSMART program improves water conservation and reliability for communities throughout the West.

“This cost-shared funding is providing an opportunity for these water providers and tribes to invest in using their water more efficiently.”

 Bureau of Reclamation will fund 63 projects in 13 states under the programme

The Bureau of Reclamation has selected 63 projects across 13 states to offer grants for small-scale water efficiency grants.

The Central Colorado Water Conservancy District in Greeley will receive $75,000 (£60,830.25m) to install supervisory control and data acquisition devices on 120 irrigation wells in northeast Colorado.

The Pueblo of Zia in northern New Mexico will receive $70,320 (£57034.44) to install 40 radio-read water meters at currently unmetered homes to access accurate water usage data.

The Quincy-Columbia Basin Irrigation District in Quincy, Washington, will receive $23,130 to upgrade a turnout gate to an automated gate that will enable automatic adjustments to flows for more reliable water deliveries to farms.

Under this funding opportunity, applicants can request up to $75,000 (£60830.25m) in Reclamation funding and must contribute a non-federal cost-share of at least 50% of total project costs

In August, the Bureau of Reclamation announced a $16.98m (£14m) funding for five communities in California, Hawaii and Texas for the construction of congressionally authorised Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Projects.

The selected five projects are expected to produce 42 billion gallons of water, which is adequate to support more than 521,000 people annually.