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A bill authorizing $15 million in federal funding for water reclamation and distribution by California's Big Bear Area Regional Wastewater Agency was recently passed. Photo: Rob Keith

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that will authorize $15 million in federal funding for water reclamation and distribution by California's Big Bear Area Regional Wastewater Agency (BBARWA).

The Water Resources Development Act (HR 2864) passed by a 406-14 vote and is expected to move to the Senate prior to Congress' August recess.

BBARWA's general manager Steven Schindler stated that the funding will cover 50% to 75% of the cost for the proposed groundwater project. BBARWA is proposing to adopt and implement a Recycled Water Master Plan, which includes the use of ground-water recharge and recycled water. Recycled water will be considered for irrigation and natural uses, as well as industrial and commercial business.