Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced $1 million in federal funding for the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) to design a wastewater recycling system for Boulder City and $5 million to lay the groundwork for a joint water recycling project between SNWA and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWDSC) that will leave more Colorado River water in Lake Mead for Nevadans.
Cortez Masto created the first-of-its-kind, large-scale water recycling program in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, and it will ultimately provide water for more than 500,000 homes in the region. Southern Nevada currently recycles over 99% of its indoor wastewater, and SNWA is working to expand reuse to include outdoor water use.
“With the ongoing drought, we need to continue to do everything we can to maximize our water resources, and that’s why I’ve worked so hard to expand our water recycling programs in Nevada and throughout the West,” said Senator Cortez Masto.
Senator Cortez Masto has been a leader in the Senate working to support conservation efforts and combat drought. In addition to the large-scale water recycling program she included in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, she fought to deliver $4 billion to combat drought in the states bordering the Colorado River in the Inflation Reduction Act.