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Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF): Water Conservation

The CWSRF can provide financial assistance for water conservation projects that reduce the demand for POTW capacity through reduced water consumption (i.e., water efficiency), as well as water reuse and precipitation harvesting. Eligible water efficiency projects include:

  • Water meters;
  • Plumbing fixture retrofits or replacement;
  • Water efficient appliances;
  • Water efficient irrigation equipment (e.g., moisture and rain sensing equipment);
  • Education programs; and
  • Incentive programs (e.g., rebates for installing rain barrels or permeable surfaces).

Eligible water reuse projects include:

  • Collection and treatment systems (e.g., wastewater, stormwater, and subsurface drainage water collection and treatment);
  • Distribution lines to support water reuse and the use of harvested precipitation;
  • Transmission lines, injection wells, and green infrastructure infiltration systems for groundwater recharge;
  • Equipment to reuse reclaimed water; and
  • Direct potable reuse. 

Funding Water Reuse and Conservation Projects with the Clean Water State Revolving Fund
This fact sheet demonstrates how the CWSRF provides assistance to eligible recipients for projects promoting water reuse and conservation. It highlights successful projects for these communities in California, Virginia and Texas.

Success Stories

Waste Not Want Not: Water Reuse and Recycling in Texas
The Texas Water Development Board has provided more than $300 million to over 28 projects using its CWSRF to fund a diversified portfolio of water reclamation, reuse and supply development solutions to augment community resiliency in the face of severe drought events throughout the state.

Creating a Sustainable Wastewater Utility: Inland Empire Utility Agency, California
The Inland Empire Utilities in California used ARRA funds to invest in water recycling and reuse that will save money and reduce energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions by the utility.

Project Video

EPA Funding Helps a California Wastewater Utility Conserve Water and Reduce Energy Usage -
The Inland Empire Utilities Agency used CWSRF American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds to invest in water recycling and reuse to conserve water and reduce energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions.

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