Sinema, Kelly Applaud $12.5 Million in Funding for Aging Arizona Infrastructure Projects to Modernize Water Systems, Strengthen Water Security

Jun 10, 2024

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced three key water infrastructure projects totaling $12.5 million

WASHINGTON – Arizona Senators Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly applauded funding they helped secure for three aging infrastructure projects totaling $12,445,000. 

The funds – announced by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and made possible by historic investments Sinema and Kelly secured in their bipartisan infrastructure law – will invest in the modernization of outdated water systems and strengthen the long-term water reliability of Arizona and the entire American West. 

“Arizona’s economy and environment depend on a strong, resilient water supply throughout the American West. Today’s funds upgrade outdated water systems throughout Arizona to secure our water future,” said Sinema.

“Our bipartisan infrastructure bill is delivering results for Arizonans,” said Kelly. “This investment will strengthen our water infrastructure and ensure families across the state have reliable access to clean water.” 

Below is a breakdown of the Sinema and Kelly-supported projects and funding amounts:

Project Title / Description:Award Amount:
Glen Canyon Outlet Works: To fund recoating of the outlet works, which consists of four steel pipes with cast iron bellmouth intakes, hollow-jet valves for regulation, and ring-follower gates for de-watering or emergency closure to ensure capability to meet downstream water commitments.$8,945,000
Bypass Drain O&M Access Road Repairs: This funding will go to develop, prepare, and haul road materials and install security fencing around stockpile sites to support repairs to the road used for operation and maintenance of the west bypass drain along the last 276 river miles of the Colorado River, to address accessibility issues and risk to users.$2,500,000
Deer Island Backwater Infrastructure Replacement: This funding will go to replace debilitated water control infrastructure to provide greater control of flow and water levels within the backwater that is located within the Colorado River Indian Tribe Reservation.$1,000,000
Total: $12,445,000

In a Senate Appropriations Water and Energy Development Subcommittee last week, Sinema pressed the Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Camille Touton for detailed plans to address and remediate damage to the Glen Canyon Dam’s river outlet works.