Interior Department announces $420 million in funding for rural water under President Biden’s bipartisan Infrastructure Act


Date: Thursday, March 31, 2022
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WASHINGTON – The Department of the Interior announced today that the Bureau of Reclamation will invest $420 million in rural water construction activities in fiscal year 2022, as authorized by the bipartisan law on infrastructure of President Biden. This investment in rural water systems includes work related to pipeline connections, construction of water treatment plants and water intakes, pumping systems, construction of reservoirs and water supply. other efforts to provide clean water to rural and tribal communities.

Several rural water supply projects are under construction and one new authorized project is eligible for funding in six states: Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota and South Dakota.

“Rural water projects are central to President Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure law by building resilience and supporting local economies. The awarding of this project-specific funding underscores the administration’s commitment to helping rural and tribal communities access the clean water and water treatment infrastructure they deserve,” said Secretary Deb Haaland. “With an investment of $4.6 billion over five years for aging water infrastructure and rural water projects, the bipartisan Infrastructure Act ensures that rural and tribal communities receive adequate assistance and support.”

“Under the Biden-Harris administration, the Department is committed to bringing clean, reliable drinking water to rural communities to help build resilience to climate change,” said Assistant Secretary for Water and Science Tanya Trujillo. “The significant funding for rural water construction through the bipartisan Infrastructure Act will help us expedite the completion of the project.”

Assistant Secretary Trujillo made the announcement in Albuquerque with New Mexico State Engineer Mike Hamman and Eastern New Mexico Water Authority Chairman Michael Morris to highlight $160 million dollars for the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System in New Mexico for the construction of a transmission pipeline that will provide essential water supplies to approximately 70,000 people.

Allocations for projects are based on project plans and the significant accomplishments that are expected to be achieved with the funding provided, as well as the recipients’ ability to implement the work quickly. Funding in fiscal year 2022 will enable significant advancements in rural water systems and associated functionality.

In addition to New Mexico funding, rural water allocations include:

  • $75.5 million for the Lewis & Clark Rural Water System in South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota to support treated water pipe segments on Iowa 4 and 5, Sibley service line and associated meter buildings, booster pumps, storage tanks.
  • $57.5 million for the Rocky Boys/North Central Montana Rural Water Supply System in Montana for the construction of the pipeline core on sections 6 and 7, the continuation of efforts on the wastewater treatment plant, as well as the construction of the sections associated with the Tiber, Big Sandy, Loma and Havre service areas.
  • $51 million for the Garrison-Diversion Unit of the Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin program in North Dakota to support efforts associated with Fort Berthold user expansion, as well as construction efforts to support service in Northeast Segment Areas 3 and 4, Spirit Lake West Service Area and Bear Service Area Soldier.
  • $37 Million for Newly Licensed Musselshell-Judith Rural Water Supply System in Montana for phase 2 of rural water construction activities.
  • $7 million for Fort Peck Reserve – Dry Prairie Rural Water System in Montana to support the tribal components of Phases 3 and 4 of Fort Peck West.

Of the allocation, $32 million is held in reserve to be distributed throughout the year to meet potential build capacity increases for the projects listed above.

Detailed information on the Bureau of Reclamation’s programs and funding provided for in the bipartisan infrastructure law, BIL’s fiscal 2022 spending plan and documents from the stakeholder hearing sessions are available at Office Infrastructure Web Page.



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