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Water Conservation Grant Fund

At this time, we are not accepting new WCGF applications and do not have an estimated date for when the next round of funding will begin. We encourage you to stay informed about future opportunities,  including upcoming funding rounds, by subscribing to our newsletter. Additionally, any upcoming committee meetings will be added to our  public meetings page.

The Water Conservation Grant Fund (WCGF) exists to provide financial resources to eligible entities for the purpose of conserving Arizona's water supply.

A wide range of projects and programs may be eligible for WCGF funding. Some examples include: 
  • Water use education and conservation research
  • Community incentives for rainwater harvesting, gray water systems, and turf removal
  • Widespread installation of drought-resistant landscaping and turf removal incentives
  • Infrastructure efficiency upgrades
  • Projects that promote groundwater recharge and imported aquifer health
  • Construction of groundwater storage facilities
  • Community education initiatives about wise water use
  • Programs or projects to reduce structural water overuse issues


Awards and Highlights

Water Conservation Grant Fund Highlights
  • 189 Applications with approximately $200 million in funding awarded
  • Advanced Meters/System Upgrades: 72 projects, $60,887,160
  • Agriculture System Upgrades: 25 projects, $37,308,250
  • Education/Research/Studies: 11 projects, $6,434,289
  • Efficient Fixtures: 22 projects, $18,194,470
  • Recharge/Reuse: 16 projects, $23,995,050
  • Turf Removal: 42 projects, $52,995,240
  • Vegetation Management: 1 project, $185,545

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Water Conservation Grant Committee

The eight-member committee is a geographically diverse group representing various backgrounds and perspectives across the state. This ensures that each region of Arizona is represented, which creates a more equitable and fair decision-making process for WCGF projects and policy. 

Committee Members

Kimberly Schonek, Chairman, Arizona Water Program Director, The Nature Conservancy 
Representing: County with a population of  less than 500,000 persons 

Sam Draper, Arizona Policy Manager, Audubon Society
Representing: Advocacy group with a primary focus on water conservation

Erin Young, Water Resources Manager, City of Flagstaff
Representing: Public Water System that Serves 500 or more connections 

Blake Anderson, President, Mogollon Water Management 
Representing: Public Water System that Serves less than 500 connections 

Rhett Larson, Richard Morrison Professor of Water Law, ASU 
Representing: County with a population of  500,000 or more persons

Andrea Gerlak, Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy, University of Arizona 
Representing: University in the state and who has significant knowledge in water conservation 

Tim Grandy, Vice-Chairman, Buckeye Valley Natural Resource Conservation District 
Representing: Natural resource conservation district

Collin Wogenstahl, Statewide Planning Manager, Az. Dept. of Water Resources 
Representing: The Arizona Department of Water Resources

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