The Bureau of Reclamation will receive an additional $100 million to address the ongoing Western drought and the WaterReuse Association along with other water sector groups would like some of those funds to go towards investing in water reuse activities.
The eight groups filed a joint letter asking Reclamation to use a portion of the funds in support of water reuse research and infrastructure. In their letter, they cite a WaterReuse Foundation study which quantifies opportunities as well as the economic benefits of wider spread water reuse:
The letter provided results from a recent survey that found that 92 agencies in 14 states across the country are developing recycled water projects that could produce more than 900,000 acre-feet of additional water supply. The water groups also explained that funding reuse projects will have a direct, immediate, and large impact on extending limited water supplies, improving reliability, and in enhancing economic development.