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 has launched 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.

Central Basin is responsible for submitting applications. If you have a project to be considered to receive funding for stormwater capture, please email the required documents to Jeremy Melendez, which would include:
Project Construction Schedule
Detailed Project Costs
W9 Form
CEQA Documents (if necessary)

The application process is on a first-come, first-served basis.  Click here for a fact sheet with more information on the program. To visit Metropolitan Water District's site directly, click here. If you have any questions, please contact Jeremy Melendez at (323) 201-5510.
Applications are currently being accepted for the Stormwater for On-Site Irrigation use. Funding requests will be received on a first come, first served basis and must include detailed project information.

The Stormwater for Groundwater Recharge Program is expected to launch March 2020. Please refer back to this page for updates.