People recognize and respect city and county borders. Water does not. The South Florida Water Management District is a regional agency committed to ensuring that local perspectives are incorporated into our activities. Strong working relationships between local officials and staff allow us to share and utilize our knowledge, expertise and resources to address shared water and land stewardship responsibilities. Intergovernmental communication, cooperation and coordination are vital to meeting the water resource needs of our communities.
Cooperative Funding Program
The objective of the Cooperative Funding Program is to assist local governments, public and private water providers, and other entities with construction and/or implementation of alternative water supply (AWS) and water conservation (WC) projects that support or complement the District’s mission.
FY2024 Grant Funding Application Period
The District appreciates your interest in the Cooperative Funding Program. The application period for the FY2023-24 FDEP funding consideration is now closed. Governor DeSantis and the Florida Legislature support water supply and water resource development projects through state funding assistance. In anticipation of legislative appropriations being allocated, the District accepted applications for funding consideration for alternative water supply (AWS) and water conservation projects within the District’s 16-county service area for the tentative FY2023-24 budget appropriations. On May 11, 2023, the District Governing Board approved the list of applicants for FY2023-24 funding consideration and the list (FY24 Project List) was provided to the FDEP for funding allocations. The District will provide a list of FY2023-24 funded projects once FDEP funding allocations are complete.
Future Funding Opportunities and Technical Support
Supporting local water projects is an important part of protecting and managing regional water resources, so please refer back to the web page for future program opportunities. To be included on the email notification of future cooperative funding grant opportunities please click here to subscribe. For additional information on Water Supply Planning click here.
For the latest information or technical assistance, you may contact Stacey Payseno (email@example.com or 561-682-2577); Jim Harmon (firstname.lastname@example.org or 561-682-6777); Robert Wanvestraut (email@example.com or 561-682-6615); or Rosines Colon Ortega (firstname.lastname@example.org or 561-682-6715).
Alternative Water Supply (AWS) Projects
Meeting the growing need for water in South Florida hinges on efforts to develop region-specific sources that offer an alternative to traditional groundwater and surface water. This component of the Cooperative Funding Program is focused on supporting the development of AWS projects that will diversify the supply while reducing dependence on freshwater resources. Examples of alternative water supply are:
- Saltwater or brackish water
- Reclaimed or recycled water
- Surface water captured during heavy rainfalls
- Sources make available through addition of new storage capacity
- Storm water (for use by consumptive use permittee)
- Any other source designated as non-traditional in a regional water supply plan
Eligible AWS projects in previous years have included aquifer storage and recovery (ASR), reclaimed water plant expansions and transmission mains, reverse osmosis plants, brackish water supply wells and tailwater recovery projects. Local governments and municipalities were required to have an approved irrigation ordinance that comports with the District’s Mandatory Year-Round Landscape Irrigation Conservation Measures. For more information refer to Chapter 40E-24, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.) CHAPTER 40E-24 (sfwmd.gov) and Model_Irrigation_Ordinances_for_Local_Governments
From Fiscal Years 1997 to 2023, AWS projects totaling approximately $4.4 billion in construction costs received partial funding from the South Florida Water Management District. This District provided approximately $243 million in budgeted grants towards 530 alternative water supply projects that produced 523 million gallons of capacity per day.
Water Conservation Projects
Formerly known as the Water Savings Incentive Program (WaterSIP), this component of the Cooperative Funding Program is continuing to support water conservation efforts of public and private water providers or users. Projects that use hardware and/or technology to implement water conservation are eligible for funding consideration. Local governments and municipalities were required to have an approved irrigation ordinance that comports with the District’s Mandatory Year-Round Landscape Irrigation Conservation Measures. For more information refer to Chapter 40E-24, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.) CHAPTER 40E-24 (sfwmd.gov) and Model_Irrigation_Ordinances_for_Local_Governments
Examples of eligible water conservation projects in previous years include:
- High-efficiency indoor plumbing retrofits and/or rebates
- Automatic line flushing devices and/or hydrant flushing devices
- Pre-rinse spray valves
- Irrigation retrofits, including soil moisture sensors, rain sensors and irrigation head upgrades
The District encourages industrial, commercial, institutional and agricultural water users, as well as homeowners and condominium associations, to apply for funding.
From Fiscal Years 2003 to 2023, $30 million in projects qualifying for water conservation cost-share were partially funded. The District contributed approximately $9 million toward 260 projects with an estimated savings of 5 billion gallons of water per year, or 13.6 million gallons of water per day.