Congresswoman Shelley Berkley today announced that Nevada will receive $400,000 in federal grant funding from the U.S. Department of Interior to increase water efficiency and save energy. Funding will be provided to the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) and The Truckee-Carson Irrigation District (TCID) for a pair of projects in Nevada.
"Nevadans know the importance of water to our communities and to the future of our State and these grants will help fund projects that conserve this precious resource so we can stretch our limited supplies to meet the needs of local families and businesses," said Berkley. "The projects funded in part by these grants will produce water savings along the Truckee River in the North and the Colorado River in Southern Nevada."
FY 2012 WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grants
The Bureau of Reclamation has selected $32.2 million in WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grants and Title XVI Projects and Feasibility Studies to stretch water supplies and conserve energy in the western United States.
The new WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grants selected for funding will use $11 million to conserve water and energy through improvements to existing facilities in 11 states-- California, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Nevada projects include:
Southern Nevada Water Authority, Water Smart Landscapes Rebate Program II Reclamation Funding: $300,000 (Total Project Cost: $3,300,000)
The Southern Nevada Water Authority will expand its existing rebate landscape rebate program, which provides a financial incentive for residential property owners to replace turf with water efficient landscaping. The project is expected to result in the replacement of approximately 2.6 million square feet of turf, with an expected water savings of 448 acre-feet per year. Water conserved through this project will be left in the Colorado River for instream uses in the historically threatened Colorado River Basin and will contribute to existing water banks in California, Arizona, and Southern Nevada.
Truckee-Carson Irrigation District, Automation of Structures on the V Line Canal Reclamation Funding: $103,506 (Total Project Cost: $208,042)
The Truckee-Carson Irrigation District will automate six check structures within the V-Line Canal to enable level and flow control for more efficient water conveyance and increased public safety. The project is expected to result in water savings of 3,445 acre feet annually, which will allow for reduced diversions from the Truckee River.
For additional information please see: www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART