New Water System Grant Bill May Go to House Floor on Friday

Here’s some exciting news for water conservation fans…

A federal bill that would establish a grant program at the EPA to help water agencies plan for and adapt to climate change by offering competitive grants for water conservation and efficiency efforts could be considered by the House of Representatives Friday. HR 2969, the Water Systems Adaptation Partnerships Act of 2009, was introduced by U.S. Rep. Lois Capps (D-23). California Reps. Jim Costa (D-20), Doris Matsui (D-5), George Miller (D-7) and Grace Napolitano (D-38) joined Capps in introducing the bill. Besides establishing a grant program for water conservation efforts, the bill recognizes the link between water and energy use and promotes energy efficiency measures and the use and generation of renewable energy in water treatment and distribution systems.

From the ACWA e-News for June 24, 2009


2 thoughts on “New Water System Grant Bill May Go to House Floor on Friday

  1. Will this grant be managed by a state agency OR can say a university apply directly for such a grant to reduce millions of gallons of water.

    1. To my knowledge the language of HR 2969 only directs the EPA administrator to make grants available to water systems. If the university manages its own water system then it might be eligible for direct grant application, but at this time it appears to apply only to water agencies. As the bill moves through Congress this could change of course.

      In the meantime, if your university is wanting to pursue a water conservation program I suggest that you contact one of the organizations in your area about possible loans, grants, rebates or other financial incentives for such projects.

      WaterWise Consulting can help by providing a water audit of your facility, identifying all potential water efficiency measures and providing a complete report with costs, savings, and payback time. In our reports we also include all the locally available rebates and incentives.

      You may contact me directly at for more information.

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