Photo by By Ildar Sagdejev (Specious) (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Photo by By Ildar Sagdejev (Specious) (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and two other western water agencies will take part in a federal program that solicits ideas for water-saving devices and technologies and awards grants to develop them, officials announced Wednesday.

Also taking part in the innovative Conservation Program — a project of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation — are the Central Arizona Project and Southern Nevada Water Authority. Southern California Gas Co. also participates in the program.

“As Western states brace for another year of drought, many are regarding dry conditions as the new normal,” said Toms Torres, EPA’s water division director for the Pacific Southwest. “By supporting the ICP, we’re investing in innovative solutions to help communities meet the challenges of tomorrow today.”

The ICP offers up to $500,000 in grants for the development of water- saving devices, technologies and strategy proposals.

Previous projects that have been funded with ICP grants include a pressurized water broom that replaces the need to use a hose to clean patios; an X-ray film-processing unit that recycles more than 90 percent of the 1 million gallons a typical machine uses in a year in a hospital or medical center; and an investigation of plant-sensor based irrigation in vineyards.

“As the Southland adapts in response to California’s record drought, it is essential that we continue to seek out new projects and methods that help make water conservation sustainable,” said MWD General Manager Jeffrey Kightlinger.

Proposals are due May 23.

Information about submitting proposals is available here.

— Wire reports 

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