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What is the Innovative Conservation Program?

Metropolitan’s Innovative Conservation Program (ICP) provides funding in cooperation with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR), Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA), and the Central Arizona Project (CAP) for research that will document water savings and reliability of innovative water savings devices. The objective is to evaluate the water saving potential and reliability of innovative water saving devices, technologies, and strategies.

New projects are identified and evaluated every other year.  The next round of funding is scheduled for July 2013. All interested parties including public, private or non-profit organizations are eligible for funding.

Headlines For The Projects

Contact ICP

For additional information, please contact:

Bill McDonnell
Water Resources Management Group
Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
P.O. Box 54153
Los Angeles, California 90054-0153
(213) 217-7693
e-mail: bmcdonnell@mwdh2o.com

2013 ICP Program

The 2013 program focus is on landscape irrigation and commercial, institutional, industrial (CII) water use efficiency.  However, proposals that address all aspects of water use efficiency are welcome.

A total of $450,000 is available.  Projects requesting up to $50,000 will be considered.  All proposals will be competitively evaluated.  Recipients will be announced in February.

Click here to view a list of the 2011 Awarded Projects.

A non-mandatory, pre-proposal workshop was held on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at Metropolitan’s Union Station Headquarters. Metropolitan reviewed the RFP and presented a brief overview of the program. Click here for workshop presentation.

To submit a proposal, download the RFP here. 

Applicants are encouraged to carefully review this RFP in its entirety prior to submission.  Proposals responding to this RFP must include one hard copy and one electronic copy on a CD or flash drive.  There are two ways to submit a proposal:

1.  Mail the proposal, must be postmarked on or before Oct. 15, 2013.

Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
Bill McDonnell, Water Resources Management Group
P.O. Box 54153
Los Angeles, CA 90054

2.  Hand deliver the proposal, must be received by 4:00 p.m. on Oct. 15, 2013, to Metropolitan’s office at
700 N. Alameda St., Los Angeles, CA 90012. 

Proposals will be accepted at the Business Resource Center desk on the 5th floor at 5-113. 

About the Application Process

Valvette Systems
LittleValve Water Savings
This project was designed and undertaken to quantify the water savings of LittleValve sprinkler products compared to existing irrigation products on the market.

Univ. of Calif. Riverside
Leaching Requirements for Turf Grass Salinity Management and Water Conservation

This project investigated the effects of hyper saline water on rye grass across various irrigation profiles.
December 2011 final report
March 2012 update

Central Basin Municipal Water District
Water Savings in Disadvantaged Communities

This study evaluates water needs, savings and the rebate process, and sought to reduce imported water demands, reduce stress on the Bay Delta, improve water supply reliability and meet conservation objectives.

DC Instruments
Water Leak Detection and Stoppage in an Automatic Sprinkler System
This study designed, tested and developed a marketing strategy for a user-friendly non-intrusive acoustic sensor (LeakBuster®) to detect water leaks.

Irvine Ranch Water District / California Department of Water Resources

Evapotranspiration (ET) Data Protocol
The objective of the project was to provide ET in an easily accessible, standard usable format throughout the entire state.

West Basin Municipal Water District / EcoGreen Services, LLC
Field Study Findings Report: Restroom Retrofit Self-Closing Sensor Faucet Retrofit.
The purpose of this study was to measure the water usage associated with sensor faucet replacements in a major hotel complex.

Koeller and Company
Field Study of the AQUS® Water Saving Device

The AQUS® system captures the untreated graywater from the bathroom
lavatory sink, filters and disinfects it, and uses it to flush a tank-type gravity-fed toilet, thereby conserving the potable water normally used for flushing.

About the Application Process

Global Energy Partners, LLC
Condensing Boiler Economizers

The objective of this report is to evaluate benefits associated with condensing boiler economizers.

Conserv Co
Faucet Washer Retrofit Program

Pilot program to evaluate the effectiveness of the DripStop® Valve to save water and energy.

Orange County CoastKeeper
Orange County Stormwater Infiltration Retrofit Pilot Program

This pilot program assessed the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of a large-scale Low Impact Development (LID) incentive program.

Fytogreen Pacific, Inc., and Cal Poly Pomona
Water Conservation Using Fytogreen

The experiment was designed to test the effectiveness of a soil amendment for water efficiency and increase turf grass quality.

No More Geysers
Report on the Water Savings of “No More Geysers” Automatic Shutoff Device

This report documents an automatic shutoff sprinkler riser field-monitoring project conducted in the landscaped areas surrounding an office building parking complex in Oceanside, California.

Low Cost Outdoor Irrigation Optimization using the Spray Smart Valve

This project evaluated water savings achieved by using the Spray Smart valve as a tool to optimize existing irrigation systems.

Municipal Water District of Orange County
Large Landscape Return on Investment Education Program

This project developed a tool to evaluate proposed landscape and irrigation management improvements customized to site, climate and historic water use.

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
Plant Selector App & Supporting Web Services

This project developed a tool to easily connect homeowner to drought-tolerant plants using mobile device technology to increase water conservation.
Project Overview

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