Interior issues $148M in water infrastructure grants

By Jennifer Yachnin | 05/06/2024 04:07 PM EDT

The grants will help local, state and tribal governments improve reliability and deal with drought.

Interior Department.

Interior Department headquarters in Washington. Francis Chung/POLITICO

The Interior Department announced Monday it will distribute nearly $148 million in federal funds for water infrastructure projects across 10 states.

A total of 42 projects received grants through the Bureau of Reclamation’s WaterSMART program, which focuses on improving the reliability of existing infrastructure and helping state, tribal and local governments address the impacts of long-term drought.

The recipients include Arizona Water in Stanfield, Arizona, which received $9.1 million to build groundwater treatment systems to improve drinking water, and the city of Gallup, New Mexico, which received $9.5 million to construct a new well to provide water to its residents, along with the Navajo Nation and parts of McKinley County.


In South Dakota, the WEB Water Development Association received nearly $10 million to build drinking water infrastructure for the city of Waubay and Day County.