The Department of the Interior announced Monday that it will invest $240.4 million for infrastructure repairs for the 2022 fiscal year, including pipeline repairs in Utah.
This investment is a part of President Joe Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and is facilitated through the Bureau of Reclamation.
“President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is making a historic investment in drought resilience and water infrastructure,” Secretary Deb Haaland said in a press release. “As western communities face growing challenges accessing water in the wake of record drought, these investments in our aging water infrastructure will safeguard community water supplies and revitalize water delivery systems.”
Other funded projects include pipeline replacements, canal lining repairs and dam spillways, all found in the major river basins and regions where the Bureau of Reclamation operates. Forty-six total projects will be funded in states like Arizona, California, Nevada, Wyoming, Nebraska and Montana.
“The Bureau of Reclamation, in partnership with states and local water districts receiving municipal water and irrigation water from federally-owned projects, is responsible for much of the water infrastructure in the West,” David Palumbo, acting Bureau of Reclamation commissioner, said in a press release. “These water systems work because of this federal to non-federal partnership, and this funding will help to complete necessary extraordinary maintenance keeping projects viable and partnerships strong.”
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is one of the largest investments in drought resilience in American history, with $8.3 billion invested in water infrastructure programs and $1.4 billion invested in ecosystem restoration and resilience.
For organizations with applicable projects, the second application period for extraordinary maintenance funding will take place in October.
For more information on projects funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and facilitated by the Bureau of Reclamation, visit www.usbr.gov.