The program would award grants from 2015 through 2019 to non-federal owners or operators of water systems in order to increase the system’s resilience and adaptability to changes in the hydrologic condition of its geographic region.
Basically, it would help fund improvements to protect water systems from droughts that reduce the amount of water in a region, and heavy rainfall or sudden snow melt that increase regional water levels. Some of the water systems that could receive grants through this program are:
Community water systems.
Treatment plants or sewer systems.
Groundwater storage and replenishment systems.
Systems that transport water for irrigation or conservation.
A natural or engineered system that manages floodwater - like a dam or levee.
Applications by water system owners or operators would include a planning, implementation, or maintenance proposal, which would include data demonstrating the risk posed to water resources or infrastructure by hydrologic change. They would describe how the proposal would enhance the resiliency and efficiency of the water system, and how it applies within a local climate adaptation plan.
Water systems that are at the greatest and most immediate risk would be given priority by the Administrator. The Administrator would also give preference to proposals that use innovative approaches to improve water use, conservation, or quality.