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SFWMD: Apply Now for Alternative Water Supply and Water Conservation Projects


South Florida - Friday December 30, 2022: The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) is now accepting applications for cost-share projects to develop alternative water supplies (AWS)! This initiative is part of the State of Florida’s continuing efforts to implement cost-effective strategies to conserve its precious water resources while meeting the state's water needs. Partnering with local governments and other entities for implementation of water conservation projects and development of alternative water projects is an important and effective way to help accomplish this goal. All local governments applying for this grant must have an adopted irrigation ordinance consistent with the District's year-round Irrigation Rule in place in order to be eligible for funding consideration.

Governor Ron DeSantis requested annually recurring cost-share funding for developing water supply and water resource development projects. SFWMD is requesting applications for funding consideration for AWS and water conservation projects within the District's 16-county service area in anticipation of cost-share funding being appropriated for Fiscal Year 2023-2024. This funding cycle corresponds to a project start date occurring on or after October 1, 2023.

Eligible projects for consideration should be construction-ready AWS projects or ready-to-implement water conservation technology programs or projects that provide the most immediate benefits. The deadline to apply is March 2, 2023 at 4 p.m. Projects may receive up to 50 percent cost-share of eligible project costs.

Two informational webinars are scheduled in January 2023.

Register here for the webinar on January 11, 2023 at 1:00pm

Register here for the webinar on January 26, 2023 at 10:00am

To apply for the funding and for more details, visit If you need assistance with the application process or technical support, contact Stacey Adams via email at or by phone at 561-682-2577, Robert Wanvestraut via email at or by phone at 561-682-6615, or Rosines Colon via email at or by phone at 561-682-6715.

The South Florida Water Management District is a regional governmental agency that manages the water resources in the southern part of the state. It is the oldest and largest of the state's five water management districts. Our mission is to safeguard and restore South Florida's water resources and ecosystems, protect our communities from flooding, and meet the region's water needs while connecting with the public and stakeholders.