Metropolitan’s Accelerated Recycled Water Retrofit Program provides financial incentives directly to public or private property owners to convert potable water irrigation or industrial water systems to recycled water service. Incentives of up to $195 per acre-foot for five years of estimated water use are available, with a cap at the actual retrofit costs. Items eligible for incentives include project design; permitting; construction costs associated with the retrofit of potable to recycled water systems; connection fees and required recycled water signage.
The Program is open to public or private property owners with access to recycled water within Metropolitan’s six county, 5,200-square mile service area. Systems already under construction are NOT eligible.
The Program works on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications are available online at bewaterwise.com. Applications will be accepted from July 1, 2016 to Sept. 1, 2017 or until funding for this program is exhausted, whichever is earlier.
Once an application is reviewed and approved, applicants will receive a notification that includes an estimated incentive amount along with a list of deadlines that must be met to qualify for funding.
Incentive payments are made when all invoices and eligible costs are verified, and the connection and use of recycled water becomes operational.
If a project is disqualified, applicants may re-apply as long as the project is not under construction.
Once the application is approved, construction must begin within three months, recycled water service must be operational within seven months and invoices must be submitted within nine months from the date of approval. Reserved funds may be withdrawn for projects that do not meet all deadlines. If a project is disqualified, applicants may re-apply as long as the project is not under construction.