AT A GLANCE: southwest florida WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT
What you need to know:
Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) is providing several million dollars in cost sharing funds for projects that enhance conservation efforts, create sustainable water resources, and provide flood protection.
Florida SB 552 authorizes cost-share funds for “software technologies that can achieve verifiable water conservation by providing water use information to utility customers.”
WaterSmart’s Analytics and Customer Engagement program satisfy SWFWMD’s requirements for a water conservation project, including Industrial/Commercial/Institutional (ICI) projects.
Applicants can receive up to 50% of funds to cover a 2-year WaterSmart Program.
WaterSmart Software is technology that delivers personalized water use information to customers, provides insights on water meter data, and enables outbound communication to customers. WaterSmart delivers individualized Water Reports that compare water use of residential, irrigation, and commercial customers. The Reports provide customized messages and recommendations for taking water conservation actions. Targeted customers are driven to an interactive online portal where they are provided with detailed personalized information that is updated based on attributes and conservation action history. Communications promote water conservation awareness and participation in other utility programs. The program can be launched within four to seven weeks. Program results are measurable and statistically significant by running a Randomized Control Trial to compare changes in water usage between treatment and control groups.
How much funding should we request?
The District will fund a 2-year program and cover up to 50% of the total cost of a WaterSmart Program.
It is recommended to allocate $7 per meter per year to cover a WaterSmart Analytics and Engagement Program. For example, a program to deploy Water Reports and a Customer Portal for 25,000 customers would translate to a total estimated project cost of $175,000 for a one-year program (a SWFWMD cooperative funds request of $87,500).
This allocation will cover all costs of set-up, integration, ongoing outbound customer communications, and measurement and verification of savings results each year.