For the first time, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is participating with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation as well as the Central Arizona Project, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, and Southern Nevada Water Authority to begin the latest round of grant applications for the Innovative Conservation Program (ICP). The program, which includes the Southern California Gas Company, is aimed at discovering the next generation of water-saving devices and technologies and seeks to advance water-saving efforts by finding new and innovative methods for using supplies more efficiently.

This year’s $500,000 ICP cycle focuses on water-saving devices, technologies, and strategy proposals that address the water/energy nexus. Awards will be made in two funding categories: up to $30,000 and between $30,000 and $100,000. Proposals that address other aspects of water-use efficiency also will be considered. All proposals are due May 23, 2016.

The 2016 ICP Application can be found here. For additional information, contact Marcia Ferreira, Program Manager for the Innovative Conservation Program.