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Innovative Conservation, Technology, Policy and Communications Grants for Southern California Universities and Community Colleges
Project Overview

Grants of $10,000 will be awarded for research and development on the implementation of water-use efficiency technology, policy research and communication strategies that can be cost-effectively implemented in Southern California and internationally, including developing nations.       

In accordance with the 2002 UN World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa, "...proposals should improve efficient use of water resources...while preserving or restoring ecological integrity, with human domestic or industrial and agricultural needs."


Design a project, rendering or prototype with a local or global focus of either:

  • An applied research concept (i.e., local watersheds)
  • An efficient water-use technology or process
  • A communications strategy

Develop a business plan for implementation that includes:

  • A budget
  • Timeline
  • An environmental, financial, societal and public policy implementation of the proposed concept, technology or process
  • An estimate of project benefits

Complete a final report that provides:

  • A summary of research and outcomes
  • Qualitative and quantitative benefits
  • Evidence that the project could become fully sustainable

This is an inter-disciplinary project -- student teams from the following schools or Institutes for Water Resources are eligible to apply:

International Studies
Urban Planning

Civil Engineering   
Political Science
Landscape Irrigation Science
Public Administration
Environmental Science

Program Background

The International Decade of Fresh Water(2005 to 2015) was proclaimed by the United Nations to raise awareness about global water issues. To underscore the importance of water quality and conservation issues, Metropolitan has partnered with several local and national organizations by hosting a grant competition for local colleges and universities.

Creating new water conservation technologies, policies or communications programs will result in generating student interest in engineering, environmental science and related careers in the water industry, while promoting economic and workforce development in Southern California. It will help establish much-needed cost-effective prototypes in Southern California and internationally, including developing nations.


Please contact Benita Lynn Horn at
(888) 42-WATER (1-888-429-2837) if you have any questions.



World Water Forum Grant Recipients 2011-2013

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FALL 2012: Grant funds disbursed and projects' research and development phase begins
WINTER 2013: Conduct on-site visits, research stage is completed; progress reports submitted
SPRING 2013:  WWF Expo to showcase grant recipient projects

Links to current grant recipient’s project proposals:


Related World Water Forum background materials:
The Human Right to Water & Sanitation
Water Conservation Field Services Program
Water for People: An Introduction
Water for People: World Water Corps
Water Recycling: Just Doing What Comes Naturally


Spring Expo
At the Spring Expo, the college teams presented their final projects to industry professionals and the program sponsors.
Spring Expo Photos

Page updated: August 5, 2013