The South Florida Water Management District and the Florida Section of the American Water Works Association partnered to host the 2014 Water Conservation Expo and Vendor Fair on Feb. 21. This year's event focused on strategies to implement effective water conservation programs at utilities and municipalities.
Expo and Vendor Fair Recap
Nearly 200 conservation professionals and utility managers attended this year's event at SFWMD headquarters in West Palm Beach. The event also drew 22 vendors showcasing the latest water conservation hardware, technology and related items.
Participants attended informative sessions on water conservation rates, leak detection, utility conservation programs and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's WaterSense partnership program. In addition, they learned about several initiatives offered through the District's Comprehensive Water Conservation Program, including Florida Water Star, the Water Savings Incentive Program (WaterSIP), the Water Conservation Hotel and Motel Program (Water CHAMP) and the District's Water Efficiency Improvement Self-Conducted Water Audit Guide.
Thank you for your interest in the SFWMD's Water Savings Incentive Program (WaterSIP). Details of our FY2015 funding program are under development. Please continue to check the website for updates or contact the staff listed below.
WaterSIP was created to foster water conservation efforts of public and private water providers or users within the SFWMD boundaries, defined in Subsection 373.069(2)(e) of the Florida Statutes (F.S.). Projects that use technology to implement water conservation are under consideration for funding through this program. Award recipients are reimbursed for up to 50 percent or up to $50,000, whichever is less, of the actual total project. Types of projects that have received funding in previous years include automatic line flushing devices for hydrants, indoor plumbing retrofits, large area irrigation controls, and soil moisture and rain sensor technology for irrigation systems. Pilot, demonstration or new construction projects are not eligible for funding. The District continues to expand participation by encouraging industrial, commercial, institutional water users, as well as homeowners/condominium associations to apply.
Questions concerning Fiscal Year 2014 projects or future funding should be directed to Stacey Adams at (561) 682-2577 or email@example.com or Robert Wanvestraut at (561) 682-2054 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
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, 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.
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 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 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 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.