In November, EPA and the Bureau of Reclamation announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) enabling the agencies to work together to leverage federal funding for water reuse and recycling projects. Under the MOU, EPA and Reclamation will work together to implement the Water Infrastructure Financing and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program and Title XVI, which includes funding for the planning, design, and construction of water recycling and reuse projects in partnership with municipalities.
Specifically, Reclamation will adjust criteria under its Title XVI program to provide additional consideration for projects selected for WIFIA funding as well as other potential new federal credit instruments. EPA will also consider adjusting criteria for WIFIA funding allocations to provide “additional consideration for water reuse projects determined by Reclamation to meet feasibility study requirements” under its Title XVI program.
The MOU follows language in EPA’s FY 2019 WIFIA notice of funding availability that identified implementing water reuse and recycling as one of the agency’s priorities.
Additional information and a link to the MOU can be found on EPA’s WIFIA website at https://www.epa.gov/wifia.