Newhouse Applauds Water Conservation Project Funding for Central Washington Irrigation Districts

September 5, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) applauded the announcement by the Bureau of Reclamation of three Central Washington irrigation district projects that have been selected to receive federal small-scale water efficiency grants. These grants, which are part of the Department of the Interior’s WaterSMART program, aim to help water entities across the nation use water more efficiently and improve water supply reliability. Washington state recipients of these grants include Columbia Irrigation District, Greater Wenatchee Irrigation District, and Quincy-Columbia Basin Irrigation District.

“Water is our most precious resource, and in Central Washington, we do everything we can to conserve our limited supply,” said Rep. Newhouse. “These grants will allow our irrigation districts to improve management and continue to efficiently deliver water to our rural communities and producers.” 

Three Central Washington irrigation districts received Reclamation funding for small-scale water efficiency projects:

Columbia Irrigation District: Reclamation awarded $73,538 for the Lateral 2 Mile 2.1 Liner Project. They will use this funding to upgrade the canal lining to reduce seepage and prevent potential canal failures.

Greater Wenatchee Irrigation District: Reclamation awarded $75,000 for the Electromagnetic Meter Installation. They will use this funding to replace 35 analog propeller meters with electromagnetic meters and an automated meter system to improve water management and mitigate water shortages due to drought.

Quincy-Columbia Irrigation District: Reclamation awarded $23,130 for the Automation of the W27 Lateral Turnout on the West Canal. They will replace an existing turnout gate with an automated meter to more accurately measure flow rates and enable automatic adjustments, conserving water and ensuring more reliable water deliveries to farms.


Small-Scale Water Efficiency Projects are part of the WaterSMART program. Through WaterSMART, Reclamation works cooperatively with states, tribes, and local entities as they plan and implement actions to increase water supply reliability through investments and modernize existing infrastructure and attention to local water conflicts. Learn more about the WaterSMART program.

Under this funding opportunity, applicants can request up to $75,000 in Reclamation funding and must contribute a non-federal cost-share of at least 50% of total project costs. Learn more here.