Water SMART (Sustain and Manage America's Resources for Tomorrow) Program

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation WaterSMART (Sustain and Manage America's Resources for Tomorrow) program is working to achieve a sustainable water strategy to meet the Nation's water needs. WaterSMART allows all bureaus of the Department to work with States, Tribes, local governments, and non-governmental organizations to pursue a sustainable water supply for the Nation by establishing a framework to provide federal leadership and assistance on the efficient use of water, integrating water and energy policies to support the sustainable use of all natural resources, and coordinating the water conservation activities of the various Interior offices. Millions of dollars from this program has been invested in nationwide water management, reuse and efficiency projects. FY2021 funding focuses on drought resiliency. Eligible applicants for funding include states, tribes, irrigation districts, water districts or other organizations with water or power delivery authority located in the western United States or U.S. territories, Alaska and Hawaii.

The SECURE Water Act, is a federal law that authorizes federal water and science agencies to work together with state and local water managers to plan for climate change and the other threats to our water supplies, and take action to secure our water resources for the communities, economies, and the ecosystems they support. To implement the SECURE Water Act, and ensure that the Department of the Interior is positioned to meet these challenges, Secretary Salazar established the WaterSMART program in February 2010. 

WaterSMART Grants provide cost-shared funding for the following types of projects:

  • Water and Energy Efficiency Grants 
  • System Optimization Review Grants 
  • Advanced Water Treatment and Pilot and Demonstration Project Grants 
  • Grants to Develop Climate Analysis Tools 



Publication Date: February 2010

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