Metro Cities will host an informational meeting about the Metropolitan Council’s Water Efficiency Grant Program. Met Council staff will provide an overview of the grant program and be available to answer applicant questions.
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About the water efficiency grant program
Grants are for up to $50,000 to municipal water suppliers to help increase water efficiency, with the funding to be used for rebates to residents who replace inefficient water-using devices with approved devices that use substantially less water, or for irrigation system audits. $750,000 is available for spending through June 2022. The 2019 Legislature designated these monies from the Clean Water Fund.
Grants will range from $2,000 to $50,000 to municipalities and are intended to lower the costs for residents to purchase and install products that reduce water use, such as toilets, washing machines, irrigation sprinklers, and irrigation controllers. Products must be labelled by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Water Sense program or, in the case of washing machines, by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Star program. Funds may be used only for appliance replacement, not for first-time purchases for new developments.
Grant funds will cover 75% of program costs, with a required 25% local match. Residents must pay a portion of the cost of any appliance or water use audit.
Applications will be accepted through September 30, 2019. Required application information includes:
- Rebate or grant program design and work plan
- Proposed examples of communications to property owners
- Requested total grant amount
- Estimated annual amount of water saved by the applying municipality
Details about the program and the grant application
The Metropolitan Council administered a water efficiency grant program from 2015-17 using $500,000 from the Clean Water Fund. Data from that program showed an estimated total savings of 52 million gallons of water per year. Metro Cities encourages interested cities to attend the meeting.