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WaterSIP – Water Savings Incentive Program
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The South Florida Water Management District appreciates your interest in the Water Savings Incentive Program. The application period for Fiscal Year 2015 (FY2015) has closed. Please check this website again after the Governing Board meeting on December 11, 2014, for a list of selected projects for FY2015.
 
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WaterSIP was created to foster water conservation efforts of public and private water providers or users within the SFWMD boundaries. Projects that use technology to implement water conservation are considered for funding through this program. Award recipients may be eligible for reimbursement up to 50 percent or up to $50,000, whichever is less, of the actual total project costs.

Examples of previously funded conservation projects include high-efficiency indoor plumbing retrofits, automatic line flushing devices and irrigation retrofits. The District encourages industrial, commercial, institutional and agricultural water users, as well as homeowners associations and condominium associations, to apply for funding.

FY2015 WaterSIP Application Timeline/Schedule
Application Release Date   Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Application Deadline   Friday, October 31, 2014, at 3 p.m.
Governing Board Approval of FY2015 Projects   Thursday, December 11, 2014

Questions concerning the Fiscal Year 2015 application should be directed to Stacey Adams at (561) 682-2577 or sadams@sfwmd.gov or Robert Wanvestraut at (561) 682-2054 or rwanvest@sfwmd.gov.

 


WaterSIP – Highlighted Projects

From Fiscal Years 2003 to 2014, $15.2 million in projects qualifying for WaterSIP were partially funded. The District contributed approximately $4.9 million toward 172 projects with an estimated water savings of 2.76 billion gallons of water per year, or 7.6 million gallons of water per day. Below are examples of funded projects:


Hydro Fresh Farms photo At Hydro Fresh Farms in Fort Pierce, plants are grown in vertical compartments that provide a much greater planting density while using less water than traditional farming methods. A project to install 2,000 of the compartments, called hydro-stackers, increased the farm's capacity by 40,000 plants, while producing an estimated water savings of 39.95 million gallons per year over conventional methods of irrigation. The project was completed in 2008 for a total project cost of $120,144, including $25,000 in South Florida Water Management District funding.

Lake Nona photo Lake Nona, a planned community in southeast Orlando, is using reclaimed water and state-of-the-art irrigation controls in a water management system to meet both high- and low-flow water demands. The project was undertaken in partnership with the City of Orlando and produces an estimated water savings of 4.15 million gallons per year. The project was completed in 2008 for a total project cost of $191,337, including $47,834 in South Florida Water Management District funding.

School District of Lee County photo The School District of Lee County has replaced older plumbing fixtures with high-efficiency fixtures, including toilets, urinals, aerators and faucets, at three high schools. The project was undertaken in partnership with Florida Power & Light and produces an estimated water savings of 5.9 million gallons per year. The project was completed in 2007 for a total project cost of $480,210, including $50,000 in South Florida Water Management District funding.

St. Lucie County photo St. Lucie County has replaced older toilets and showerheads with high-efficiency plumbing fixtures at three Fort Pierce Housing Authority developments. The project produces an estimated water savings of 26 million gallons per year. The project was completed in 2007 for a total project cost of $179,465, including $50,000 in South Florida Water Management District funding.

Port LaBelle Utilities photo Port LaBelle Utilities has installed automatic fire hydrant flushing devices that save water by controlling the process in a more uniform way than when it is done manually. The project produces an estimated water savings of 8.4 million gallons per year. The project was completed in 2007 and fully funded by the South Florida Water Management District for $49,961.

Miami-Dade Water and Sewer photo Miami-Dade Water and Sewer has replaced older showerheads, toilets and aerators with high-efficiency plumbing fixtures in 1,000 homes built prior to 1985. This program targeted and benefited homeowners who qualify for the Homestead Senior Exemption. The project produces an estimated water savings of 23.4 million gallons per year. The project was completed in 2009 at a total project cost of $388,394, including $25,000 in South Florida Water Management District funding.

 
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