Learn more about Metropolitan's programs
Sign up with TechConnect to meet other entrepreneurs, investors and mentors
Find out how to direct your technology or idea to one of our real needs
Metropolitan has been developing and supporting creative solutions for years
“Metropolitan was founded on innovative thinking. The challenge of bringing water to Southern California has always required creative solutions.”
— Jeffrey Kightlinger, General Manager
The Water Savings Incentive Program (WSIP) encourages innovation in conservation at commercial, industrial...
The Innovative Conservation Program (ICP) provides direct grant funding, in partnership with other agencies, for...
The Foundational Actions Funding Program promotes innovative technical advances that will help prepare...
The Technology Feedback Forum offers innovators and entrepreneurs an opportunity to pitch their new...
Technology Feedback Forum
The Technology Feedback Forum offers innovators and entrepreneurs an opportunity to pitch their new technologies or services to Metropolitan, its member agencies and their partners. It provides entrepreneurs a sounding board for ideas and gives agencies the chance to discover early stage technologies.
While the Feedback Forum generally accepts only technologies that are well on their way to commercialization, less advanced technologies may be referred to other programs or services.
Water Savings Incentive Program
The Water Savings Incentive Program (WSIP) encourages innovation in conservation at commercial, industrial and agricultural facilities in Southern California. Through the program, customers who implement customized projects that result in water savings are paid based on the amount of water they save.
Innovative Conservation Program
The Innovative Conservation Program (ICP) provides direct grant funding, in partnership with other agencies, for studies of new conservation and water efficiency technologies. The program has funded research into: a hydrogel that cuts the water needs of grass, rainwater harvesting, irrigation systems, a special sand that holds water around a plant’s roots to cut watering needs, and myriad other technologies.
The next request for proposals is expected to be held in 2018.
Foundational Actions Funding Program
The Foundational Actions Funding Program promotes innovative technical advances that will help prepare the region for future water supply uncertainties. The program funds studies and pilot projects that reduce obstacles to the future production of recycled water, seawater desalination, groundwater recovery and local stormwater.
The program is an important part of Metropolitan’s long-term resource strategy and allows us to
tackle challenging issues and move innovative ideas forward, creating a path to implementing new resources when the time comes.
Detecting water quality issues before they spread can save millions of dollars. Scientists in Metropolitan’s water quality lab are nationally known for developing various innovative methods for early detection of dangerous parasites, invasive species and foul-tasting compounds in source water.
For example, Metropolitan scientists have:
To meet our mission of water supply reliability, Metropolitan supports new technology to measure stream flows, soil moisture and snowpack quality and maintains the most sophisticated data analytics, allowing us to gain valuable insight into how much water we can count on from the Northern Sierra and the Colorado River.
Metropolitan staff has produced innovative techniques to improve ozone treatment, including developing the peroxone process, which, together with ozone, provides enhanced disinfection and removes taste and odor compounds. They also determined biological filtration could be used with ozone disinfection, avoiding millions in unnecessary capital improvements. And most recently, they implemented the use of ammonia-chlorine upstream of ozone disinfection to control bromate formation.
Metropolitan has adopted emerging technologies to ensure the safety and reliability of our 830 miles of pipeline. We were one of the first agencies to inspect pipelines using an unmanned water vehicle that conducts electromagnetic inspections, eliminating the costly process of dewatering pipes and more effectively detecting leaks and potential leaks. Metropolitan is also exploring technology to conduct leak detection using satellite aerial surveying, which could save hundreds of millions of dollars.
Southern California has seen its per capita water use drop significantly over the past three decades, thanks, in part, to Metropolitan’s innovative conservation programs, dropping from 205 gallons a day in 1985 to 131 gallons in 2015.
Metropolitan has helped make innovative conservation technology mainstream in Southern Californian homes, offering rebates for everything from high-efficiency toilets to water-saving irrigation systems.