Water Incentives Supporting Efficiency (WISE Program)

The Water Incentives Supporting Efficiency (WISE program) covers up to 50 percent of costs to support water conservation projects. 

About WISE Program

Grants (cost-share reimbursements) of up to $20,000 are available for water conservation projects that improve water use efficiency and help protect the region’s water resources. A wide variety of nonagricultural water users are eligible for the program, such as:

  • Commercial properties
  • Hotels
  • Apartment complexes
  • HOAs and condo associations
  • Industrial facilities
  • Government facilities
  • Schools
  • Water supply utilities
  • Golf courses and more!

Funds are available for projects throughout the District, and applications are accepted year round.

WISE Program Quick Facts

  • Maximum reimbursement of 50% of eligible project costs, up to $20,000 per project
  • Project must receive District approval before expenditures begin
  • Water savings will need to be calculated on a project-by-project basis
  • Projects must be completed within one year of the awarded date
  • Projects must take place within the District (see map)
  • Funding will be awarded on a “first come, first serve” basis until depleted
  • Through a partnership with Tampa Bay Water Wise, some water users may qualify for additional funding (total incentive up to $40,000) 

Plumbing Fixture Project

Irrigation System Improvement Project

Eligible projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Toilet, showerhead, and plumbing fixture upgrades
  • Irrigation system improvements
  • Weather stations for irrigation control
  • Cooling tower modifications and pretreatment systems
  • High efficiency commercial/industrial processing equipment
  • Utility rebates

Overview of the Process

  1. Download and review the applicant handbook
  2. Contact District staff to discuss project ideas and eligibility
  3. Gather a quote(s) for the project and estimate water savings
  4. Sign application forms (or elect for Docusign)
  5. Submit WISE Program application via email to District staff
  6. District staff will contact you with any questions and may perform a site inspection
  7. Within 2 months, you will receive email notification of approval/denial
  8. Start work. You will have 1 year to complete the project
  9. Complete the project and pay your vendors
  10. Submit the reimbursement request form (with photos)
  11. District staff may perform site inspection before issuing payment

View the WISE Program applicant handbook »