Three California agencies receive nearly $1 million for water reclamation and reuse research studies

By on January 4, 2020

The Bureau of Reclamation announced awards totaling $1.6 million for four Title XVI water reclamation and reuse research studies. Three of the awards went to California agencies totaling more than $950,000. These studies will lead to increased water management flexibility and more reliable western water supplies.

“Water treatment and wastewater recycling are essential tools for stretching limited water supplies in the western United States,” said Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman. “These Title XVI research studies will enable better use of recycled water to provide growing communities with new sources of clean water.”

The agencies and their projects are:

City of San Diego
Demonstrating Innovative Control Strategies for Reverse Osmosis Membrane Degradation and Preserving Water Quality in Potable Reuse Application with Optimized Chloramination Strategies

Reclamation funding: $155,113; Non-federal funding: $465,338

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
Demonstration of Pathogen Removal through an Alternative Treatment Technology to Treat Non-Nitrified Secondary Effluent for Potable Reuse

Reclamation funding: $750,000; Non-federal funding: $3,237,785

Padre Dam Municipal Water District
East County Advanced Water Purification Facilities Preformed Chloramines Research to Ensure California Toxics Rule Compliance

Reclamation funding: $45,150; Non-federal funding: $135,453

The Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Program supports the President’s memorandum on Promoting the Reliable Supply and Delivery of Water in the West. Reclamation provides funding through the Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Program for projects that reclaim and reuse municipal, industrial, domestic or agricultural wastewater and impaired ground or surface waters.