Last week, the Department of the Interior (DOI) announced that $1 billion will be made available over the next five years to “help Western communities create or expand clean, new water sources.” The selected projects, which include desalination, and water reclamation and reuse projects, will be funded through investments in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and, when enacted, fiscal year 2022 appropriations.  

The money will be available for the up to 25% of the cost of project planning, design, and construction. Desalination projects will be eligible for a maximum of $30 million each.