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Cortez Masto Announces Funding for Lake Mead Water Recycling Project

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (KOLO) – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto announces funding for a new large-scale regional water recycling project aimed at combating drought in Lake Mead.

$99 million would be spent on the project which, when completed, would serve hundreds of thousands of homes in Southern Nevada and California.

The funding comes from the Interior Department’s Large-Scale Water Recycling Program, created as part of the bipartisan Infrastructure Act.

“To combat drought in the West and protect Nevada’s water supply, we will all need to work together on innovative and sustainable solutions,” said Senator Cortez Masto. “I created this program to help support new projects like this, which will serve thousands of families in Southern Nevada, combat drought and keep water in Lake Mead.”

The money will go to the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.

Once completed, the first phase of the Pure Water Southern California facility will partner with the Southern Nevada Water Authority to produce enough water to serve approximately 386,000 Southern California and Southern Nevada homes annually.

Future phases will include increasing project capacity.