Stormwater for Direct Reuse Pilot Program


Capturing stormwater when it rains can help communities increase water supply reliability. Typically when it rains, people will notice rain flowing along streets and gutters into storm drains that lead to the ocean, the water then is essentially lost.  The Metropolitan Water District (MWD) of Southern California will be launching a Stormwater for Direct Use Pilot Program that will collect water for irrigation. Some examples of direct-use projects include stormwater capture through cisterns or permeable pavement with an underground collection system, which then use the captured water for on-site irrigation. 

MWD will fund $5 million for construction and retrofitting and three-year monitoring of direct-use stormwater capture projects. The data reporting from the project will assist MWD in understanding the actual costs and water supply benefits associated with the reuse and capture of stormwater. The program will begin accepting applications January 21, 2020. Please refer back to this page for updates. 

MWD is launching two Stormwater Pilot Programs: 

Name of Program Application Launch
Stormwater for Direct Use January 2020
Stormwater for Groundwater Recharge March 2020